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Introduction to Public Policy (11378.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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Introduction to Public Policy is an entry level unit that provides students with background on the origins of and developments in theory and practice of public policy. Students will define, analyse and apply these theoretical lenses to contemporary policy challenges. The unit examines the nature of the policy process, the role of key actors and institutions and the challenges of administration and policy implementation.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and communicate the key areas of debate in public policy theory;

2. Describe and explain the key theories and concepts developed by public policy scholars for understanding the policy process;

3. Describe and explain the relationship between policy and politics in liberal democracies;

4. Identify the key influences on policy;

5. Evaluate the efficacy of the policy processes in Australia; and

6. Conduct and complete basic policy analysis requiring group work, research and referencing and communicate the results effectively in writing.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on-campus per week.





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Equivalent Units

8785 Public Policy in Theory and Practice

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