• 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 Online or In Person

Available on-campus & remote (online) . Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2024 class dates: Apr 5, 12 ; May 3,10,31 & June 7 .

There are a whole range of individuals, groups and organisations that seek to influence the formulation and implementation of public policy – from community advocacy organisations and think tanks to political lobbyists and ‘policy entrepreneurs’ within government. This course explores the nature of policy advocacy and the important role it plays in public policy and policy processes in democratic systems. It examines strategies and tactics deployed by policy advocates inside and outside of government when persuading decision makers and the public, mobilising supporters, and building policy networks.

The course draws on the fields of policy theory and policy analysis, political science, political sociology, and public administration. Students will analyse a variety of Australian and international case studies, with a special focus on contested issues in social policy. Key themes include issues of voice and representation, the role of framing, language and storytelling in policy advocacy, and approaches to researching, analysing and evaluating policy advocacy impact. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and explain key concepts in policy advocacy scholarship.
  2. Reflect critically on the changing landscape of contemporary policy advocacy.
  3. Apply concepts from policy advocacy scholarship to real world case studies and contexts in Australia and internationally.
  4. Analyse the effectiveness of policy advocacy strategies and techniques.
  5. Evaluate the role of policy advocacy and different policy actors in in policy processes and policy change.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In class quiz (15) [LO 1]
  2. Comparative policy advocacy text analysis (1500 wds) (35) [LO 1,2]
  3. Research essay (3500 wds) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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

Prescribed Texts

See Wattle

Preliminary Reading

Available when enrolling.


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