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Public Policy in Theory and Practice (8785.2)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
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: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



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    This unit introduces students to the origins of and developments in research in the field of public policy and applies 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. The unit seeks to engage students in the analysis and criticism of both the policy process and policy outcomes.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of the public policy process and the challenges facing policy makers;

    2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key theories developed by public policy scholars for understanding the policy process;

    3. apply these frameworks to real world policy examples.

    4. demonstrate key skills needed to undertake policy analysis.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thought OR 6606 Government-Business Relations

    Incompatible Units

    9555 Ethics and Public Policy

    Equivalent Units

    7074 Introduction to Public Policy 9555 Ethics and Public Policy

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