- Code POGO8096
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Llewelyn Hughes
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.
This course provides students with important skills for interpreting and using policy research. Students will be introduced to the process and methods of empirical policy research. The course begins with an introduction to the research process and its basis in the philosophy of science, before moving on to discuss aspects of concept formation and operationalization. Students will explore the craft of formulating research questions and generating hypotheses, discuss aspects of causal inference and consider various research methods including qualitative, quantitative, experimental, observational and mixed methods approaches. Through practical cases, students will reflect on the role of research in the policy process, the ethics of policy research, and how to navigate the interface between research and practice to get effective policy outcomes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- define and explain a variety of approaches to research in social sciences (L1);
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of commonly used methodological tools in empirical research, including surveys, interviews, content analysis, case selection and comparison, and basic statistical methods (L2);
- appraise strengths and weaknesses of existing methodological approaches, including: assess conditions under which one can properly apply tools of measurement and systematic ways to make inferences and interpret data (L3); and
- formulate research questions, develop arguments and choose proper research design in its support (L4).
Weekly lectures. All lecture notes (PowerPoint slides) and audio recordings will be uploaded to Wattle after each lecture.
- Short notes (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- In-class test (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Weekly lectures (2.5 hours x 13 weeks).
3-5 hours per week for reading and preparation outside of contact hours to complete the course
There is no assigned textbook. Weekly readings available through Wattle.
To be distributed.
This course does not assume that students have prior knowledge of statistics.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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