• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

This course acknowledges that public administration is fundamentally a legal construct, with organisations as a vital core. Accordingly, the course introduces students to the foundations of public administration in terms of legal frameworks and the structure and operation of organisations formally and informally -- from theoretical, practical and comparative perspectives embracing constitutionalism, institutionalism, administrative decision-making, and bureaucratic politics. Particular emphasis is placed on the power, responsibilities, strategies and review of organisations, as shaped and constrained by legal and quasi-legal instruments and processes. The legal-organisational alignments involved are critical in ensuring the efficacy and integrity of public action in the state, market and civil society in accordance with the rule of law.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. to understand the nature and significance of public administration in terms of its legal and organisational foundations;
  2. to use theoretical, practical and comparative perspectives concerning these foundations as analytical lenses for guiding and informing an analysis of the legal, structural and operational arrangements of organisations;
  3. to appreciate the nature and complexities of these arrangements in various governmental systems; and
  4. to address ways in which the legal and organisational foundations of public administration could be transformed in a particular arena of public action.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Case response (I) (20) [LO null]
  2. Case response (II) (50) [LO null]
  3. Written discussion concerning group project (5) [LO null]
  4. Group project presentation (25) [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

Prescribed Texts

See Wattle


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

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Unit value:
6 units

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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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
7472 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View
7586 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View

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