Courses & Units

Public Policy HPP302



This unit examines why and how the state, bureaucracies, markets, interest groups, NGOs, communities and networks are evolving in response to complex public policy problems and general trends in 'governance'. Students will be introduced to theoretical lenses and models for analysing public policy including power theories, institutionalism, rationalism, and social constructivism. Adopting a case study approach comprising a broad range of contemporary policy problems, students will investigate a variety of governance arrangements and aspects of the policy process. The overarching debate explored throughout the unit concerns the extent to which the state is being 'hollowed out' by new governance arrangements involving an array of actors. Essay-based assessment will provide students opportunities to select, investigate and critically analyse real-world governance and public policy problems.


Unit name Public Policy
Unit code HPP302
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory

Teaching staff

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090103

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HIR101 or HPP101

Mutual Exclusions

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

HPP302, HSD206HSD306HSD209HSD309HSD343HSD243


Teaching Pattern

On campus:    web-based delivery of 13 weeks learning resources; 1-hr weekly tutorial (face-to-face).

Off Campus:   web-based delivery of 13 weeks learning resources; weekly online tutorial discussions.


Minor Paper 1000 words (15%)

Tutorial participation/ online discussion (10%)

Major paper 3000 words (35%),

Take home (submit online) exam (40%)

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