Courses & Units

The Politics of Policy HPP202


This unit puts the art of policy making into a political context and introduces students to theoretical tools for policy analysis. It examines the role and influence of values, power, governance, institutions and actors upon decision-making. Students are also introduced to the 'policy cycle' stages analysis of the policy making process. In their major essay or briefing paper, students will apply theory to practice by examining political decision-making on a topical issue of their choosing (such as climate change, asylum seekers, gay marriage etc.). In this unit students are introduced to policy analysis with a theoretical and applied focus in the interests of better understanding the politics of public policy.


Unit name The Politics of Policy
Unit code HPP202
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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HIR101 or HPP101

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:   web-based delivery of 1 x 1 hour lecture weekly and 1 x 50 minute tutorial weekly

Off Campus:   web-based delivery of 13 lectures, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly


Minor Paper 1000 words (10%), Tutorial participation/ online discussion (10%),  Major paper 2500 words (40%),   Exam (40%)

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