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Governance, Power and Public Policy

Undergraduate | MAQ-POIX2070 | 2024

Previously MAQ-POIX207

Get a thorough overview of the process of developing Australian government policy. Query the role of the public service. Shine a light on dilemmas that can arise. Draw on local examples that illustrate the complexity of the policy-making process.

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

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Governance, Power and Public Policy

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Explain and critically analyse the way in which power and politics impact on public policy and the policy process
    2. Identify the range of actors and institutions involved in the policy process, using the Australian example as the basis for comparison with other policy environments
    3. Analyse the role of different actors and institutions in influencing policy in networks, subsystems or communities
    4. Identify, critically analyse and discuss the major debates and controversies involved in this subject, including debates around the proper role of government, the shift from government to governance, the impact of globalisation, and the role of public and interest group participation in the policy process
    5. Recognise, understand and apply the most common theoretical approaches used in studying politics and policy, and identify differences and similarities between them
    6. Analyse the policy-making process using several different models, or theories, and critically evaluate these by applying them to real-world case studies, and demonstrating their strengths and weaknesses

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-PLTX270 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-PLT370 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-POIX207 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PLTX270, POL207, POL307, POL374, POIX207
Pre-requisite: 40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in POL or POIR or POIX units)
NCCW (2020 and onwards) POIR2070 Governance, Power and Public Policy

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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