• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stephen Howes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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This course tackles the big questions of economic growth, inequality and sustainability. It shows how frameworks and insights from economics and political science can be applied to these questions, and it encourages students to apply those frameworks and insights to real-world problems to produce technically sound and politically attractive policy advice. Through a mix of survey and guest lectures, interactive case workshops and the writing of case papers, the course exposes students to the key policy debates of our time, and helps them to improve their analytical and writing skills. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will have:

  • Developed disciplinary and cross-disciplinary understanding of major challenges facing policymakers;
  • Understood key analytic frameworks, techniques and insights from economics, environmental management, and political science; and
  • Worked effectively in multidisciplinary teams to analyse major policy problems

Other Information

Delivery Mode:  The course involves a mixture of lectures, seminars and case study workshops. Lectures will provide students with the opportunity to learn about key themes and debates. Seminars provide an opportunity to discuss case readings. Case workshops provide the opportunity to apply the themes and readings to practice. 

Indicative Assessment

Students must complete three (3) case study papers - one per workshop. These papers provide a link between theory and practice allowing students to demonstrate not only an understanding of key frameworks, techniques and insights, and key challenges facing policy makers, but also, importantly, their ability to argue in favour of a particular approach or solution. The three papers together are worth nine-tenths of the overall grade for this course, with the two better essays counting more than the third, weakest one. There is also an oral presentation, worth one-tenth of the overall grade for this course.

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The course is divided into three blocks of 4 weeks of length. Each block consists of 6 hours of lectures, two one-hour seminars and a two-hour case workshop. Students should expect to spend 10 hours per week related to the course (including class time).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in one of the following programs: Master of Public Policy (7102) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Public Policy (7888) Master Public Administration (7808) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Public Administration (7895) Master of International and Development Economics (7822) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International and Development Economics (7890) Master of Environmental and Resource Economics (7823) Master of Environmental Management and Development (7804) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Environmental Management and Development (7894) Master of Int & Dev Economics 7833 Master of Enviro & Resource Economics 7834 Master of Public Policy 7825 Master of Public Administration 7832 Master of Environmental Mgmt & Dev 7835 Master of Climate Change 7836 Alternatively you can seek the permission of the course convener to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course 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
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2928 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8054 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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