The public policy arena presents a complex framework of actors, politics, instruments, and practices. This unit examines the broad range of theories, models, influences, and players that shape the development of Australian public policy. It aims to equip students with the knowledge of both the theoretical underpinnings and real-world challenges of the field. The unit examines the economics of public policy, agenda-setting, the policy process, policy instruments, policy implementation, the role of the media, policy consultation, and evidence-based policy-making versus politics, values and ideas. The assessment, which includes a policy briefing paper, provides students with opportunities to select, investigate, and critically analyse real-world governance and public policy problems.
|Unit name||Public Policy|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Politics and International Relations|
|Coordinator||Doctor Hannah Murphy-Gregory|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain and apply key concepts and theories in public policy.
- Compare, contrast and evaluate concepts in public policy.
- Compare contrast and evaluate theories and case studies in public policy.
- Communicate your ideas coherently in written and/or oral formats applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.
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Prerequisites25 credit points at Introductory level or higher
|Assessment||Take-home exam (30%)|Tutorial participation (10%)|Major essay (40%)|Short Answer Questions (20%)|
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