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Public Policy PG (6268.5)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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Topics covered include: policy design; the role of values in policy making; the management of policy development and the implications for evaluation of managerial change. Extended case studies are used to develop and exemplify concepts, techniques and approaches.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have:

1. An enhanced capacity to understand policy processes and undertake policy analysis;

2. Knowledge and understanding of the challenges of policy development and a capacity to apply these insights to real world policy challenges; and

3. Relevant knowledge and research skills for practical application in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and for further academic study.

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Contact Hours

At least 39 hours per semester of lectures, seminars and structured learning.


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