• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and the Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific / ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2024 class dates: Mar 8,15,22; Apr 5,12.

Science and technology (S&T) play a key role in shaping public policy issues in practically every sector. National governments and multilateral agencies (e.g., the United Nations) have high expectations of technological solutions to major policy problems related to the economy, public health, education, energy, agriculture, environment, defence and more. Yet, novel technologies also demand government intervention such as regulation in the public good. Likewise, developments in scientific knowledge have paradoxical effects. Science may be expected to resolve political conflicts by providing incontrovertible evidence to underpin policy, but novel science may equally create new uncertainties and disagreement amongst experts. Added to these challenges are emerging concerns about the ability of digital media to spread misinformation to the detriment of policy objectives.


This course provides concepts and frameworks for systematically exploring the interactions between science, technology and public policy. Drawing on the interface between science and technology studies (STS) and public policy studies, and employing a range of case studies, the course is delivered by a partnership between the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS, ANU College of Science) and the Crawford School. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand major themes in studies of the relationship between scientific/technical evidence and other inputs into policy-making
  2. Develop robust ways of assessing diverse sources and forms of evidence for policy analysis and policy-making
  3. Understand key challenges in governing scientific and technological research and innovation, and the salient frameworks put forward for coping with these issues
  4. Critically reflect on lessons from a series of case studies at the interface of science, technology and public policy
  5. Apply key concepts and theories to analyse case studies in Science, Technology and Public Policy.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reflective Summary (500 words) (10) [LO 1]
  2. Key concepts in STPP (1500 words) (30) [LO 2,3]
  3. Case study analysis (4000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with VCPG8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy.

Prescribed Texts

See Wattle.


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