Australian Public Policy - 2014

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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 2014: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Short essay (20%) , Essay 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2014 Fees
Domestic 849.00
HECS 755.00
International 1,099.00

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.

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

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.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

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

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

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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