- Code POLS2002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Azad Singh Bali
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2022
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This course will provide an introduction to the study of public policy. It provides an overview of the main theories of public policy processes and examples of their application in the scholarly literature. The course will review the key challenges facing public policy makers. The approach will blend theory and case studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the key theories of the policy process;
- analyse case studies of policy making using a variety of policy making theories;
- understand contemporary public policy challenges and approaches to resolving them; and
- demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written communication, research and critical analysis.
- Short answer questions (3 x 800 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay (2500 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
The course will be taught using journal articles, book chapters and case study examples.
Althaus, C., Bridgman, P., & Davis, G. (2013). The Australian policy handbook. Allen & Unwin.
Cairney, P.(2019 ) Understanding Public Policy. Theories and Issues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dodds, A. (2018). Comparative public policy. Macmillan International Higher Education.
Peters, B. G. (2018). Policy problems and policy design. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Howlett, M. and M. Ramesh (2009) Studying Public Policy: Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems. (3 edn). Toronto: Oxford University Press
Howlett, M. (2019). The policy design primer: Choosing the right tools for the job. Routledge.
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