• 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
    • Prof Ian Thynne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2020
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Public Administration: Legal and Organisational Foundations (POGO8137)

In 2020 the in-class dates are Aug 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17

This course acknowledges that public administration is fundamentally a legal construct, with organisations as a vital core. Accordingly, the course introduces students to the foundations of public administration in terms of legal frameworks and the structure and operation of organisations formally and informally -- from theoretical, practical and comparative perspectives embracing constitutionalism, institutionalism, administrative decision-making, and bureaucratic politics. Particular emphasis is placed on the power, responsibilities, strategies and review of organisations, as shaped and constrained by legal and quasi-legal instruments and processes. The legal-organisational alignments involved are critical in ensuring the efficacy and integrity of public action in the state, market and civil society in accordance with the rule of law.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students will be able:

1. to understand the nature and significance of public administration in terms of its legal and organisational foundations;

 2. to use theoretical, practical and comparative perspectives concerning these foundations as analytical lenses for guiding and informing an analysis of the legal, structural and operational arrangements of organisations; 

3. to appreciate the nature and complexities of these arrangements in various governmental systems; and

4. to address ways in which the legal and organisational foundations of public administration could be transformed in a particular arena of public action.

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

Semester 1 Class Summary information (available under the Classes tab) on this publication is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available via Wattle and students should have been advised by the offering College. Find out more information on the University's response to COVID-19 here.

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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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6671 25 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 07 Aug 2020 17 Sep 2020 In Person N/A

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