• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Carolyn Hendriks
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2020
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In 2020 the in-class dates are Jul 27; Aug 3, 10, 17; Sept 11, 18. All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely.

One of the central challenges in public policy is understanding and responding to the needs and interests of diverse publics. This course explores how governments and citizens tackle this challenge. Taught in an interactive mode, students in this course consider questions, such as: How do policy makers engage citizens in the policy process? How do citizens themselves seek to voice their concerns and exert influence on the policy process? What happens when their interests are mis-represented, misunderstood or ignored? What does meaningful citizen participation look like in an era of 24/7 news cycles and social media? In focusing on 'public' aspects of public policy, this course engages students in various democratic issues that surface in the public policy process. Through applied examples and case studies, students reflect on how democratic ideals, such as inclusion, participation, representation and legitimacy may be realised in contemporary governance. Practical attempts at participatory policy making will be examined and critiqued, including deliberative forums, community meetings, petitions, online engagement and social media. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas on citizen engagement and public talk in public policy
  2. critically engage with relevant practical and theoretical literature on the design and politics of citizen engagement and public talk in public policy
  3. engage and facilitate informed discussions on the practice, politics and challenges of engaging citizens in public policy
  4. critically analyse participatory forms of policy making drawing connections between theory and practice
  5. demonstrate the ability to think independently, develop informed perspectives and persuasively communicate in the field of public policy

Indicative Assessment

  1. Comparative paper (25) [LO null]
  2. Case Study (25) [LO null]
  3. Participatory Design Pitch (group mark) (15) [LO null]
  4. Design Report (25) [LO null]
  5. Active participation in class discussion (10) [LO null]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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This course is taught in intensive mode. It will involve six full days of face to face class room learning, plus time for reading course materials and undertake assessment work

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have successfully completed (or have a formal exemption from) one of the following courses: POGO8401 or POGO8402 or POGO8062 or POGO8403 or POGO8090 or POGO8082. Students who have not yet completed one of these courses may request permission to enrol in this course from the course convenor.

Prescribed Texts

None. Please consult course Wattle site for list of readings.

Preliminary Reading

Fung, A. (2006). Democratizing the Policy Process. The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. M. Moran, M. Rein and R. E. Goodin. Oxford, Oxford University Press.: 669-685.

Nabatchi, T., J. Gastil, G. M. Weiksner and M. Leighninger, Eds. (2012). Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement. New York, Oxford University Press.

O'Flynn, J. and J. Wanna, Eds. (2009). Collaborative Governance: A new era of public policy in Australia? Canberra, ANU EPress, http://epress.anu.edu.au/anzsog/collab_gov/pdf/w

Stewart, J. (2009). The Dilemmas of Engagement: the role of consultation in governance. Canberra, Australian New Zealand School of Government and ANU E-Press.


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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6688 20 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 07 Aug 2020 18 Oct 2020 In Person View

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