• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • EmPr Richard Mulgan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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The course takes a comparative and thematic approach to issues in public sector management, and encourages students to consider their relevance to their own countries and workplaces. The course gives particular emphasis to issues of public sector reform and draws on leading-edge research by academic staff at the Crawford School

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

After successfully completing this course you will be able to clearly and confidently:

1. understand the key concepts, ideas, theories and terminology associated with public administration and public sector management;

2 understand the main issues in key theoretical debates in  public administration and public sector management.

3. .apply relevant concepts and theories to individual cases in a comparative context. ;

4. understand the main principles in public sector reform and apply them to individual cases.

5. demonstrate improved capacity for critical analysis as well as for clear and effective communication, both written and oral.

6. demonstrate improved capacity to locate and critically evaluate relevant academic sources.

Indicative Assessment

There are two class notes of 500 words (worth 15% each) which require answers to questions based on tutorial readings.  They will be assessed in terms of an understanding of general concepts and theories and the ability to apply them to specific examples drawn from particular countries.

A one-hour quiz (worth 20%) is held half way through the semester to assess students’ understanding of the concepts and theories covered in the first five weeks.  It consists of short answers (paragraph length).

A final essay (worth 50%) requires student to analyse a particular public management reform, either actual or proposed, in terms of the concepts and theories discussed in the course.

Detailed instructions and assessment criteria will be given in the course outline.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


10 X I.5 hour lectures and 10 X 1.5 hour tutorials.  

Prescribed Texts

Set readings will be available electronically through Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have several years experience working in the public sector. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4702 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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