Australian Public Policy 2014

PLTX270

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Overview

Level of study: What does Undergraduate Level 2 mean?

Undergraduate Level 2

EFTSL: What does EFTSL mean?

0.125

Delivery Method: What does delivery method mean?

Fully Online

Availability: What is a Study period?

2014: 2015:

Duration:

13 weeks

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Domestic student fee:

$849.00 (AUD)

HECS student fee:

$755.00 (AUD)

International student fee:

$1,099.00 (AUD)

Description

Explore policy studies and analysis by examining the process of policy making within governmental and other organisations. Questions are raised about the state in contemporary society and the distribution of power in the stages of policy development, implementation and evaluation. The unit draws on analytical literature from a variety of sources, but its empirical content is supported mainly by Australian examples. Knowledge of the institutions of Australian government is important for the unit.

Prerequisites

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PLT370 — Australian Public Policy

This unit is taught on the assumption that the student has completed Level 1 and 2 Politics units.

Special Requirements

  • Broadband access

Assessment

  • Essay 1 — Short essay (20%)
  • Essay 2 (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion — Assessable discussion (10%)

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. to locate political aspects of the study of public policy within a stream of national and international analysis and to stimulate critical thinking about key problems in policy-making
  2. to develop an understanding of linkages between theoretical perspectives on public policy and policy processes within contemporary Australian government
  3. to encourage reflection on possible connections between the study of public policy and the world of work
  4. to develop generic skills appropriate to study in the humanities, including independence and critical judgment, advanced communications skills, library and information retrieval skills and the development of a critical consciousness.

Topics

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1The context of public policy
2The institutions and processes of public policy
3The policy cycle
4Case studies

Study Resources

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the Unibooks website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

Relevant Courses

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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