• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

On-campus & remote (online) learning available. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2024 class dates:Feb 16,23 & Mar 1,8,15,22

One of the central challenges in public policy is understanding and responding to the needs and interests of diverse publics. This course explores how governments and citizens tackle this challenge. Taught in an interactive mode, students in this course consider questions, such as: How do policy makers engage citizens in the policy process? How do citizens themselves seek to voice their concerns and exert influence on the policy process? What happens when their interests are mis-represented, misunderstood or ignored? What does meaningful citizen participation look like in an era of 24/7 news cycles and social media? In focusing on 'public' aspects of public policy, this course engages students in various democratic issues that surface in the public policy process. Through applied examples and case studies, students reflect on how democratic ideals, such as inclusion, participation, representation and legitimacy may be realised in contemporary governance. Practical attempts at participatory policy making will be examined and critiqued, including deliberative forums, community meetings, petitions, online engagement and social media. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas on citizen engagement and public talk in public policy.
  2. Critically engage with relevant practical and theoretical literature on the design and politics of citizen engagement and public talk in public policy.
  3. Engage and facilitate informed discussions on the practice, politics and challenges of engaging citizens in public policy.
  4. Critically analyse participatory forms of policy making drawing connections between theory and practice.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to think independently, develop informed perspectives and persuasively communicate in the field of public policy.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Comparative paper (individual mark), 1800 words (not including refs) (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Participatory Design Pitch (group mark) (class presentation) (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Design Reflection Paper (individual mark), (1200 words (not including refs) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Case Study (individual mark), 1800 words (not including refs) (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have successfully completed 24 units of 8000 coded courses.

Prescribed Texts

None. Please see Wattle site for list of readings.

Preliminary Reading

Fung, A. (2006). Democratizing the Policy Process. The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. M. Moran, M. Rein and R. E. Goodin. Oxford, Oxford University Press.: 669-685.

Nabatchi, T., J. Gastil, G. M. Weiksner and M. Leighninger, Eds. (2012). Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement. New York, Oxford University Press.

Hendriks, C. M., & Dzur, A. W. (2022). Citizens’ governance spaces: democratic action through disruptive collective problem-solving. Political Studies70(3), 680-700.

Stewart, J. (2009). The Dilemmas of Engagement: the role of consultation in governance. Canberra, Australian New Zealand School of Government and ANU E-Press.


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

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6.00 0.12500
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