• 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 Summer Session 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration.

An enhanced knowledge and understanding of the applicable elements of law, convention, practice and ethics is fundamental to any consideration of public policy. It can be the difference between success and failure for the practical bureaucrat, politician, or manager of a contracted provider. Many intrinsically reasonable statutory initiatives fail in operation through lack of 'administerability'. Knowing how the law applies, how to read it, how it works as a system, conditions for reasonable performance in operation, and knowing how to successfully navigate through the complexities of government is vital for public sector managers. The subject will address:
· origins of government and the notion of authority and legitimacy - the constitution, 'the platform', 'the mandate' statute, regulation, administration and review;
· uses and abuses of authoritative text; principles of administrative law;
· power as an operational control system;
· powers, instruments, management, and 'administerability';
· the role and force of conventions;
· institutional cultures in courts, tribunals and governments; and
· ethics, personal responsibility and accountability.

Indicative Assessment

1. A brief individual assignment to be written and submitted during the program (1000 words), worth 20% of the total marks.
2. An individual assignment to be submitted by a set date after the program (2000 words), worth 50% of the total marks.
3. A syndicate assignment to be submitted by a set date after the program (4000 words), worth 30% of the total marks.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Executive Master of Public Administration.

Prescribed Texts

All students will receive a comprehensive reading pack. Any prescribed texts for the course are to be advised.


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
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1637 02 Mar 2022 16 Mar 2022 18 Mar 2022 01 Apr 2022 Online N/A

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