- Class Number 3291
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Maria Maley
- Dr Maria Maley
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the theoretical debates about the nature of government and bureaucracy, including administrative theory and bureaucratic behaviour;
- understand the rationale, legacy and critiques of major models of public administration, including New Public Management and its successors;
- understand the history and development of the public service in Australia and its current challenges, including politicisation, accountability and corruption;
- analyse case studies of policy making using a variety of policy making theories; and
- demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written communication, research and critical analysis.
This course draws on research being undertaken by Dr Maley as part of her Australian Research Council grant, examining political staff and their impact on political-administrative relationships.
There is no prescribed text book for this course. We will be working in tutorials with required readings which will be available on Wattle.
Cairney P (2012) Understanding Public Policy: Theories and Issues New York: Palgave Macmillan
Althaus C, Bridgman P and Davis G (2017), The Australian Policy Handbook, 6th edition, Allen & Unwin. Earlier editions are OK.
Hill M (2005), The Public Policy Process, 4th edition, Pearson Longman, London.
Howlett M, Ramesh M and Perl A, (2009), Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
The following journals contain a wide range of valuable material relevant to the course:
Administration and Society
Administrative Science Quarterly
Australian Journal of Public Administration
International Review of Administrative Sciences
Policy Studies Journal
Public Administration Review
International Journal of Public Administration
Australian Journal of Political Science
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Public Policy and Administration
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Individual comments on return of assessments and discussion and feedback in tutorials
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The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.
All assessment items must be submitted to pass the course. The course has been designed on the basis of face-to-face delivery and learning principles, and there is compulsory assessment in the tutorials, which relies on student attendance to function properly. Tutorial attendance will be recorded and participation will be assessed. You must attend 7 out of 10 tutorials during the semester in order to be eligible to sit the final examination or to complete the final assessment.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The course provides an introduction to the study of public administration and public policy – in other words, how government works and how public policy is made. It will help you understand why certain decisions are made by ministers, where power lies in government, why disasters occur, why some issues are considered to be problems and some aren’t, and everything you wanted to know about the shadowy world of political advisers. We look at how ideas, events and actors come together to produce the policy decisions we read about everyday in newsfeeds. The first half of the course provides an introduction to public administration (how bureaucrats behave, their relationships with ministers, why rules prevent but also create disasters, why governments outsource their activities and what the results of this are). The second half of the course focuses on public policy (using a range of theories to explain why policies are made or not made, which actors and factors are powerful in policy making, why policy implementation almost always fails, and how to know if a policy is a success or a failure). The course uses case studies as ways of learning about theories and current controversies. For more detail, please see the course guide on wattle.|
Details on wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Essay||50 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Tutorial participation/ Seminar Presentation||15 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Exam||35 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
You must submit a 2,500 word essay. Please see wattle for word length rules.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Tutorial participation/ Seminar Presentation
You must attend 7 of the 10 tutorials to be eligible to complete the final assessment. You will be notified if your attendance level reaches this point.
You will give an assessable Seminar Presentation as a member of a group and lead discussion.
Allocation of group members and case studies will occur in Tutorial groups in Week 2.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
An end of semester Exam will be conducted during the Examination period. [this part of the assessment will be discussed with students in the first week of lectures]
You must attend 7 of the 10 tutorials to be eligible to sit the Final Exam or complete the final assessment task.
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Political advisers, ministerial careers, political leadership, Australian politics, the public service and impartiality, public policy theory, gender and leadership
Dr Maria Maley