• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maria Maley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course will provide an introduction to the study of public administration and public policy. Topics to be covered include: the role and nature of governmental bureaucracy; administrative politics; theories of bureaucracy and bureaucratic behaviour; governmental failings and corruption; governments, markets and 'the community'; trends in modern government; and the policy-making process.  The course will contain a blend of theory and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the theoretical debates about the nature of government and bureaucracy, including administrative theory and bureaucratic behaviour;
  2. understand the rationale, legacy and critiques of major models of public administration, including New Public Management and its successors;
  3. understand the history and development of the public service in Australia and its current challenges, including politicisation, accountability and corruption;
  4. analyse case studies of policy making using a variety of policy making theories; and
  5. demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written communication, research and critical analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 2,500 word written work (40%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Final examination (40%) [or optional second essay] (40) [LO 4,5]
  3. Tutorial participation (5%) (5) [LO 5]
  4. Seminar presentation (15%) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and

?b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed either 12 units of 1000 level Political Science (POLS) courses or have completed POLS1002 and SOCY1002, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.

Preliminary Reading

Howlett M. and Ramesh M., Studying Public Policy - Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems, 2nd Edition (2003).




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 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3291 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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