• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies

This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

Public  sector decision makers operate in an environment where evidence may be patchy or non-existent; there may be debate about the nature of the available evidence; there may be multiple potential decision criteria; and decisions may have a profound effect on the lives of individual citizens.  Through an analysis of real life case studies, this course presents students with a series of decision-making dilemmas.  Students are expected to draw on their practical experience and prior studies to identify key issues, suggest alternative courses of action and rationales for each alternative, as well as debate the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. applying relevant public policy theory to public sector decision making;
2. devising alternative courses of action, based on conceptual understanding and professional expertise, to address a range of dilemmas facing public sector decision makers;
3.  identifying relevant decision making criteria;
4.  choosing between different courses of action using relevant criteria; and
5. providing a convincing rationale for suggested proposals.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

The course is taught on-campus via intensive delivery. 

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is comprised of two 1500 word responses to set case studies (30% each) and one 2500 final project (40%) which draws on the students practical experience.

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Class contact time: Six days 9.00AM - 4.00PM 


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
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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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6181 01 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 31 Dec 2023 In Person N/A

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