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

This course comprises a supervised research project supported and complemented by class and supervisory discussions. It is designed for those of you who have taken Research Methods (POGO8096 or POGO8196) and wish to undertake original research in a selected area of policy and governance. You will identify your own research topic in discussion with the course convenor, and thereafter frame appropriate research questions and hypotheses or propositions, adopt appropriate research methodology, develop an analytical framework, conduct necessary detailed research, and write an academic research paper -- with supervision being provided by a member of staff. The completed paper is expected to make a contribution to relevant policy and governance debates, while also adding to the academic literature on policy and governance.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the key elements of research in policy and governance, with a keen appreciation of how research and analysis of important issues can inform policy debates and deliberations;
  2. understand the importance of integrating relevant theory and practice through the development of appropriate analytical frameworks to guide and inform empirical studies;
  3. understand the importance of systematically researched, evidence-based policy development, implementation and evaluation in governance; and
  4. understand the way in which the above understandings apply to the policy and governance context addressed by your specific study.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On campus. Each student is allocated a supervisor for the duration of the project. Students are required to attend workshops on a weekly basis throughout the semester. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment (100% of the grade for the course) is based on the satisfactory completion of a 8,000-10,000 word research paper. It will be necessary to make three (ungraded) presentations leading to the completion of the research paper: a proposed topic presentation and two progress presentations. Please see Assessment details on the POGO8035 Wattle site. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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There are approximately 30 contact hours for class sessions, with additional time spent with individual supervisors. Because this is a research project, students will spend most time working independently. The workload is potentially higher than for a normal 6 point course.

Please see class dates and topics, as well as details on project and presentation requirements, on the POGO8035 Wattle site.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed POGO8096 with a 70% or higher result. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course on the basis of a comparable result in another relevant research methods course.

Prescribed Texts

Previous Policy and Governance Research Projects are available to read, and a full list of these will be made

available on the POGO8035 Wattle site.

Writing resources – key books are:

Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.C. and Williams, J.M., 2008. The Craft of Research (3rd ed.), University of Chicago Press,

Chicago. This book covers both the logic of research and how to write it well. The fundaments of establishing a

question, argument, the research writing process, and the presentation of your argument are covered in elegant


Williams and Colomb have also written an excellent guide to English Style: Williams, J.M and Colomb, G.C., 2010.

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th ed.), Longman, Boston.

Swales, J.M. and Feak, C.B., 2000. English in Today’s Research World: A Writing Guide, University of Michigan

Press, Ann Arbor. If you want information and exercises on how English works when writing research, this is a

great resource.

Useful web sites will be listed on the POGO8035 Wattle site as we discuss them in class.

Assumed Knowledge

Distinction or better performance in POGO8096


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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7540 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online N/A

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