• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and the Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific / ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Sujatha Raman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2021
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In 2021 the class dates for this course as May 14, 21, and 28; June 4, 11 and 18.

Science and technology (S&T) affect—and insights rooted in understanding of S&T therefore are germane to formulating policy about—practically every issue on the agenda of governments: the economy, public health, education, energy, agriculture, environment, defence, diplomacy, and more (Professor John Holdren, former Assistant to President Obama for Science & Technology and Director, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy). Australia is no less in need of understanding the interactions of science and technology with policy. This understanding includes the evidence S&T can provide to underpin policy, and the areas where science and technology could influence the directions of Australia in the absence of effective policy.

This course provides a comprehensive approach to exploring the interactions between science, technology and public policy across a suite of policy areas. It is built on a teaching collaboration between two ANU Colleges (Asia and the Pacific; and Science), bringing together expertise from the Crawford School of Public Policy and the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS).

It will be interactive, and every session will use policy experts along with academic staff to ensure relevance and depth in the analyses. The course will be flexible, and arranged to maximise access by students who may be either full or part-time. It will consist of two 6-unit components; the first will be a prerequisite for the second. The first 6 units will be split between sessions exploring theoretical and practical underpinnings of how science, technology and public policy are undertaken and case studies exploring how these underpinnings play out, and might need to be revised, in real-world public policy situations. The second 6 units will consist entirely of case studies of increasing complexity as students hone their skills in extracting lessons and developing deeper understanding from examples presented by experienced academics and practitioners of public policy.

Students will be allowed to take its first 6 units or the full 12 units as contributions towards a postgraduate qualification, the 12 unit option contributing to a Science, Technology and Public Policy specialization.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mixture of short assignments modelled on policy briefings for ministers and longer assignments synthesising theory and practice and drawing lessons from case studies. (100) [LO null]

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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with VCPG8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy.

Prescribed Texts

See Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
3574 07 May 2021 14 May 2021 28 May 2021 18 Jul 2021 In Person View
3624 07 May 2021 14 May 2021 28 May 2021 18 Jul 2021 Online View

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