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Advanced Policy Analysis PG (9686.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 6
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

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


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    • Teaching Period 4, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (195330) - View
    • Teaching Period 4, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (191935) - View

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    Designing public policies and programmes is recognised more as art and craft than science. This unit supports the further development of skills and capabilities of policy scientists and advisers to address priority policy issues. Strategic and operational policy work supports government efforts to make policy and service delivery choices which enhance public value and contribute to better outcomes for citizens. However, providing free and frank advice is challenging in a constrained and turbulent economic and political environment. Professional policy advisers must meld analytical and political dimensions as they exercise their craft. Participants will learn about different policy skills and practices and apply policy tools and techniques, analyse and link problems to solutions, and use frameworks to design different policy options.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Understand different models of and approaches to policy analysis and advising, and their usefulness for policy and management practice;

    2. Become more proficient at designing, modelling and crafting policy options for simple and complex issues;

    3. Acquire knowledge about citizen-centred policy-making and policy innovation;

    4. Develop further understanding of Westminster-style policy systems and their strengths and weaknesses; and

    5. Reflect on the features which define 'quality' and 'value' in policy analysis and advisory work, including strategies for enhancing performance and capability of the policy system.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    16 sessions spread over 8 weeks.


    8556 Public Administration G;
    6260 Managing Government Finance G;
    6268 Public Policy Analysis G;
    6426 Special Topics in Business and Government PG



    Assumed Knowledge

    It is normally expected that students will hold a Bachelor's degree in a cognate subject or possess relevant practical experience in a cognate profession.

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