- Code POGO8083
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Amanda Smullen
- Mode of delivery In Person
Spring Session 2019
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In class dates for 2019 are September 16; October 4, 11, 14, 18, 28
Policy Advocacy is a graduate course in policy communication, requiring no specialist knowledge or experience of public policy or administration. The course examines strategies and tactics used by policy advocates inside and outside government when marshalling argument and evidence to promote their preferred outcomes. The course is designed to strengthen students' understanding of the nature of advocacy and of place of policy advocacy in the policy process. The course materials draw on many disciplines: rhetoric, philosophy, policy analysis and public administration. Examples include many Australian, as well as international and transnational cases, but the aim is more general: to stimulate learning about the many ways that policy advocacy is pursued and seeks to shape policy choice, especially in political systems with open forms of deliberative democracy.
Innovations include the regular use of video material illustrating classic advocacy practices used by policy makers, prominent public leaders and interest groups. You will also be taught how to conduct your own analysis of advocacy strategies through examining and comparing policy documents. The Brick of required readings draws from the classics such as Aristotle’s rhetoric but also more recent applications and developments in examining and understanding the significance of the art of persuasion, such as through discourse analysis but also experimentalist governance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Contribute to practical small-group exercises in policy advocacy
Discuss and debate the value of core readings in policy advocacy
Demonstrate analytical examination of core concepts in the field of policy advocacy
Demonstrate critical analysis of one or more selected case studies in policy advocacy
Reflect on and communicate professional and personal lessons gained in the course
There will be 2 in-class quizzes based upon the reading material and lectures in the course. These are spread across the teaching period. Furthermore, you will be required to conduct your own comparative research paper which examines and compares strategies of policy advocacy. Guidance in designing and structuring this paper will be given throughout the course.
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30 contact hours in the lecture room. Voluntary one hour tutorials are offered each week. Students can expect to spend another three hours reading and studying the Brick each week.
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