• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Laura Davy
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

This course explores the theory and practice of public administration. It will introduce students to a variety of historical, political, legal, organisational and emerging perspectives on public administration, and apply these perspectives to issues public administrators encounter in their day to day professional practice. The course will engage students in classical and contemporary debates and problems of government, including the relationship between the state and civil society, the state and the market, and the state and the law.

Key themes will include power and legitimacy, equity and engagement, and the impact of structural reform on citizens and the public service workforce. Students will consider how public administrators negotiate the regulatory and organisational contexts that structure, and at times constrain, their fields of action and authority.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand key debates in public administration theory and practice.
  2. Apply concepts and theories from public administration scholarship to contemporary debates and problems of government.
  3. Evaluate a variety of historical, political, legal, organisational and emerging perspectives on public administration.
  4. Analyse the historical, legal, political, and organisational context of public administration.
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to think analytically and reflectively about the role of public administration in contemporary governance.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Course readings summary (500 words) (15) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. Case response - report (2500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Reflective essay (1000 words) (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4328 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View
4329 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online View

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