• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Azad Singh Bali
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course will provide an introduction to the study of public policy. It provides an overview of the main theories of public policy processes and examples of their application in the scholarly literature. The course will review the key challenges facing public policy makers. The approach will blend theory and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the key theories of the policy process;
  2. analyse case studies of policy making using a variety of policy making theories;
  3. understand contemporary public policy challenges and approaches to resolving them; and
  4. demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written communication, research and critical analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short answer questions (3 x 800 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Essay (2500 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 workshop and workshop-like activities.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or with permission of the convener

Prescribed Texts

The course will be taught using journal articles, book chapters and case study examples.

Preliminary Reading

Althaus, C., Bridgman, P., & Davis, G. (2013). The Australian policy handbook. Allen & Unwin.

Cairney, P.(2019 ) Understanding Public Policy. Theories and Issues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dodds, A. (2018). Comparative public policy. Macmillan International Higher Education.

Peters, B. G. (2018). Policy problems and policy design. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Howlett, M. and M. Ramesh (2009) Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems. (3 edn). Toronto: Oxford University Press

Howlett, M. (2019). The policy design primer: Choosing the right tools for the job. Routledge.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3900
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7359 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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