• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephen Howes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

This course tackles the big questions of economic growth, inequality and sustainability. It shows how frameworks and insights from economics and political science can be applied to these questions, and it encourages students to apply those frameworks and insights to real-world problems to produce technically sound and politically attractive policy advice. Through a mix of survey and guest lectures, interactive case workshops and the writing of case papers, the course exposes students to the key policy debates of our time, and helps them to improve their analytical and writing skills. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Developed disciplinary and cross-disciplinary understanding of major challenges facing policymakers;
  2. Understood key analytic frameworks, techniques and insights from economics, environmental management, and political science; and
  3. Worked effectively in multidisciplinary teams to analyse major policy problems

Other Information

Delivery Mode:  The course involves a mixture of lectures and group discussions. Lectures will provide students with the opportunity to learn about key themes and debates. Group discussions provide an opportunity to discuss case readings and apply the themes and readings to the case study.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Students must complete three case study papers - one per theme. These papers provide a link between theory and practice allowing students to demonstrate not only an understanding of key frameworks, techniques and insights, and key challenges facing policy makers, but also, importantly, their ability to argue in favour of a particular approach or solution. The three papers together are worth nine-tenths of the overall grade for this course, with the two better essays counting more than the third, weakest one. There is also an oral presentation, worth one-tenth of the overall grade for this course. (100) [LO 1,2,3]

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The course is divided into three blocks of four weeks of length. Each block consists of six hours of lectures, and six of group discussions. Students should expect to spend 10 hours per week related to the course (including class time).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in one of the following programs: Master of Public Policy (7102) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Public Policy (7888) Master Public Administration (7808) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Public Administration (7895) Master of International and Development Economics (7822) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International and Development Economics (7890) Master of Environmental and Resource Economics (7823) Master of Environmental Management and Development (7804) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Environmental Management and Development (7894) Master of Int & Dev Economics (7833) Master of Enviro & Resource Economics (7834) Master of Public Policy (7825) Master of Public Administration (7832) Master of Environmental Mgmt & Dev (7835) Master of Climate Change (7836) Alternatively you can seek the permission of the course convener to enrol in this course.

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

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.

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6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
2361 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A
4190 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online N/A

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