• 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 Communication, Political Sciences, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Darren Halpin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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The course involves students in the guided application of theories, concepts and analytical tools to real world policy problems/issues. The Applied Policy Project is designed as a 'capstone' course that enables students of Policy Studies to synthesize and apply their learning from preceding subjects to the sorts of issues they are likely to encounter in the workplace. Students from other programs are welcome in the course provided they meet the required prerequisites.

Students will work through a range of contemporary policy issues/problems as a group and individually, with an emphasis on direct and active student participation. The course will involve a mix of lectures, workshops, student presentations with peer feedback, and role-playing. Students will develop a real sense of the way various actors and institutions engage in policy work and be encouraged to generate confidence in their abilities to be constructive participants in policy work.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply their knowledge of policy studies to real world cases;
  2. communicate and defend their ideas in a professional manner;
  3. conduct research and analysis in a policy context; and
  4. produce a substantial piece of written analytical work on a research topic connected to public policy (broadly conceived).

Indicative Assessment

  1. 'Policy Brief' papers (750 words each) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 'Policy Brief' papers (100 words each) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Applied Policy Analysis Report (3000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. General class participation (including reviewing work of peers) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks; and
b) 106 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 2000 level POLS or SOCY courses; or permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY3030.

Prescribed Texts

A set of articles and real-life examples of policy writing are provided.


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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6656 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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