- Class Number 4706
- Term Code 3150
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Prof Sara Bice
- Prof Sara Bice
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 31/07/2021
- Class End Date 18/11/2021
- Census Date 30/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 06/08/2021
This course explores the dynamic context of public policy in which there are complexities, crises, uncertainties, risks, conflicts, borders, uncertainties and communicative challenges. Environmental controversies, inequality within and between nations, and changing population dynamics typify these challenges. Students explore how policy processes in such contexts are far from regularized or systematic. When familiar economic, political, administrative and communicative processes are under extreme pressure or break down entirely, policy-makers are often dealing with what are referred to as ‘wicked problems’, for which there are no clear policy solutions, and few examples of successful policy on which to draw. In this course, students consider what happens under such dynamic circumstances, and explore the responses of governments, policy actors, and policy systems. The course employs the case method of teaching, and students consider different approaches for planning and steering public policy under conditions of extreme complexity, uncertainty and risk.
This course gives students a unique and exciting experience where the various perspectives that derive from professional experience, cultural and national diversity and disciplinary backgrounds are brought to bear on critical challenges confronting policy-makers. Crawford students either already do, or soon will, play an important part in informing, crafting, influencing, and implementing policy. In this course we provide an opportunity for students to develop and enhance the skills required to fulfil these roles.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of key public policy challenges in contexts of complexity, risk and crisis.
- Demonstrate understanding of the ways in which complexity, risk and crisis impact on ‘usual’ policy processes.
- Reflect critically on key theoretical debates in the relation to public policy in contexts of complexity, risk and crisis, and demonstrate understanding of their practical application in different cultural, social and political environments.
- Apply theory to real world challenges and provide compelling policy advice
- Communicate persuasively in public policy contexts, in a variety of modes
Welcome to Cases in Contemporary Public Policy! Together, we will explore the dynamic context of public policy through real-word cases. You will be introduced to complexities, crises, uncertainties, risks, conflicts, contested borders and communicative challenges. There is perhaps no time like the present for us to come together to understand how uncertainty, complexity and how 'real life' can challenge policymakers!
Together, we will explore environmental controversies, inequality within and between nations, and changing population dynamics that typify contemporary policy-making challenges. We will use these cases to investigate how policy processes in these contexts are far from regularized or systematic. When familiar economic, political, administrative and communicative processes are under extreme pressure or break down entirely, policy-makers are often dealing with what are referred to as ‘wicked problems’, for which there are no clear policy solutions, and few examples of successful policy on which to draw. Our job is to consider what happens under such dynamic circumstances, and to explore the responses of governments, policy actors, and policy systems.
The course employs the case method of teaching. This course is taught in our Crawford Combined model. This means that we will have online and in-person components (depending on your enrollment) where you will use real-word examples to consider different approaches for planning and steering public policy under conditions of extreme complexity, uncertainty and risk. We aim to give you a unique and exciting experience where the various perspectives that derive from professional experience, cultural and national diversity and disciplinary backgrounds are brought to bear on critical challenges confronting policy-makers. We'll learn together through a series of pre-recorded lectures and Case introductions, live online discussion forums and Syndicate Group work (online or in-person).
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Examination Material or equipment
Required and recommended readings and required lecture videos are available on the course Wattle site. Complementary materials, including online videos and relevant websites will also be made available via the Wattle site. We are also providing a series of instructional videos for online learning, assessment tasks and more, all within our 'one-stop-shop' Wattle site.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Day 1 Making Sense of Contemporary public policy; Learning through cases (Demo Case)|
|2||Day 2 Governing wicked problems in dynamic contexts; Case 1||Assessment 1: Case analysis paper|
|3||Day 3 Public policy in a context of crisis ; Case 2 (Part 1)|
|4||Day 4 Governing effectively in contexts of extreme risk; Case 2 (Part 2)||Assessment 2: Policy memo|
|5||Day 5 Complexity in Contemporary Public Policy; Case 3 (Part 1)|
|6||Day 6 Key Lessons for Governing Public Policy; Case 3 (Part 2); Conference poster session||Assessments 3+4: Group presentation + Conference paper|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Case Analysis Paper||25 %||06/09/2021||17/09/2021||1, 2, 3, 5|
|Policy Memo||30 %||14/10/2021||30/10/2021||1, 3, 4, 5|
|Group Presentation||10 %||18/10/2021||20/10/2021||1, 2, 5|
|Conference Paper||25 %||15/11/2021||02/12/2021||1, 2, 3, 5|
|Participation Grade||10 %||22/10/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
As an intensive, Crawford Combined (in-person and remote learning) course, students are expected to come prepared and attend and participate in every live, online or in-person session.
Throughout the course you will be equipped with resources such as how to benefit from our online technology, learn from pre-recorded content, get the most out of cases, and how to work effectively and productively in small groups.
If students are unable to attend any of the live sessions (online or in-person), then they need to provide legitimate medical or personal reasons. If you are unable to attend class please your email course convenor before class.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5
Case Analysis Paper
Case Analysis Paper (25%) 1200 words
In this paper you are to play the role of the policy analyst who is tasked to analyse Case 1 (discussed in Day 2) from the perspective of governance.
Your specific task: Drawing on examples from Case 1, discuss how governance arrangements can disrupt ‘usual’ public policy processes. Further instructions will be provided on Day 2, when we discuss Case 1.
In your discussion make reference to relevant course literature on governance (see, required readings plus other resources on Wattle).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5
Policy Memo (30%), 1000 words
In this writing task you assume the role of policy adviser. You have been asked to write a policy memo advising the Minister for Emergency Services and Disaster Response of a fictitious country Mapaland on the key lessons learnt from Case 2 about policy responses to unfolding crises. Specific details on the socio-economic and political characteristics of Mapaland will be provided on Wattle.
In your policy memo to the Minister you need to:
· Briefly outline why Case 2 offers useful insights for public policy in Mapaland
Make up to three recommendations on what course of action Mapaland should take if it were to face the kind of crisis experienced in Case 2 (draw on your understanding and analysis of the case, as well as on course literature on how to govern policy risk and crises) .
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5
Assessment Task 3: Group Presentation (10%) + Assessment Task 4: Paper (2000 words, 25%)
You will be assigned to a small group (Syndicate) to explore a specific aspect of Case 3. The groups and tasks will be assigned in Day 5 of the course.
Assessment tasks 3 and 4 complement each other. In this assessment you play the role of scholar in policy studies. You will prepare:
1) a presentation (group) - Assessment Task 3 and
2) a paper (individual) - Assessment Task 4 for an international conference of public policy scholars, the International Conference on Public Policy (IPPC).
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5
Assessment Task 3: Group Presentation (10%) + Assessment Task 4: Paper (2000 words, 25%)
Assessment Task 4 - Paper (25%): this is a practice-theory conference paper that discusses how Case 3 informs scholarly debates on complexity in public policy.
Your task in this conference paper is two-fold:
1. Complexity in contemporary policy making affects different actors in different ways. Use Case 3 to illustrate how complexity is experienced by one of the following types of policy actors:
· citizens; OR
· front-line policy workers; OR
· leaders steering policy reforms.
Offer some suggestions for how your chosen type of policy actor might best navigate public policy in contexts of extreme complexity (draw on your understanding and analysis of the Case 2, as well as on course literature on complexity literature from the course).
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
The online course requires you to be self-disciplined and self-directed in your learning. This includes watching all pre-recorded lecture videos BEFORE we do our live, online case work.
Participation Tasks related to pre-recorded lectures, reading workshops and key concepts will be assigned. Each short Participation Task is worth one point, granted upon completion of the task, for a total of 10 possible points (worth 10% of your total mark).
Participation Tasks will be spread across the term and you will be alerted when one is available.
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Prof Sara Bice