Governance, Power and Public Policy - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Participation - online/in-class (10%) , Quizzes (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00
This unit was previously known as POIX207  Australian Governments and Public Policy
This unit introduces students to contemporary debates about how public policy problems are addressed. It does this by tracing the change from government to governance and considers the range of policy instruments now regularly used to respond to policy problems. This includes, for example, the use of market based solutions. Students are also introduced to key actors and institutions, as well as to the range of theories for analysing public policy. 

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

  1. show that different theoretical lenses can be used to explain the development of public policy, and expound conflicts and agreements between different approaches
  2. analyse the links between information, 'facts' and judgment in explaining policy outcomes
  3. use intelligible argument to explicate dilemmas and issues in policy making
  4. undertake research within guidance against stated problems
  5. rehearse controversies around selected contemporary and historical issues of policy
  6. show abilities in written and oral form in communicating ideas, arguments and conclusions.
  • Participation — online/in-class (10%)
  • Quizzes (50%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

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:

  • PLTX270 — Australian Public Policy (previously PLT370)

Knowledge of the institutions of Australian government is important for the unit. Students should have studied some politics at 100 level prior to undertaking this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction; Government
2Parliament and Policy
3Policy Actors
4The Media as Policy Agenda Settlers; ideology Economics and Public Policy
5Keynes and Neo-Liberalism
6Market Failure
10Economic Policy
11Social Policy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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 Co-Op textbook list.

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