- Code POLS2009
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Maria Maley
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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.
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.
- 2,500 word written work (40%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Final examination (40%) [or optional second essay] (40) [LO 4,5]
- Tutorial participation (5%) (5) [LO 5]
- 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Howlett M. and Ramesh M., Studying Public Policy - Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems, 2nd Edition (2003).
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