Australian Public Policy - 2016

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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 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Short Essay (20%) , Essay 2 - Research Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as PLTX270 Australian Public Policy.

This unit surveys recent literature of public policy studies and policy analysis and examines the complex processes of governmental policy making. Questions are raised about the state in contemporary society and the distribution of power in the unfolding stages of policy development, implementation and evaluation. The unit draws on analytical literature from a variety of sources, but its empirical content is supported throughout by Australian examples.

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

  1. delineate assumptions underlying the content of policies in the public domain
  2. demonstrate critical thinking skills about key problems and political considerations in the development of policy
  3. demonstrate written communication skills
  4. demonstrate an ability to undertake research and reveal an understanding of the linkages between theoretical perspectives and policy processes.
  • Essay 1 — Short Essay (20%)
  • Essay 2 — Research Essay (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take-home Exam (25%)
  • Online Discussion — Participation, tutorial paper (25%)

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.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2The Roles of Government
3The Government and the Policy Cycle
4The Politics of Policy
5The Administration of Policy
6Agendas and Decisions
9Case Studies in Contemporary Policy in areas including Indigenous Policy
10Employment and Equity Policy and Environmental Policy
11Case Study: Environmental Policy
12Determining and Terminating 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 part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following 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 Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The Australian Policy Handbook

    By:Althaus, Bridgman & Davis

    ISBN: 9781742378930


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