Courses & Units

Public Policy HPP302



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
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 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and apply key concepts and theories in public policy.
  2. Compare, contrast and evaluate concepts in public policy.
  3. Compare contrast and evaluate theories and case studies in public policy.
  4. Communicate your ideas coherently in written and/or oral formats applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090103 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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HIR101 or HPP101


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.


Task 1: Take-home exam (submit online) (40%)

Task 2: Tutorial participation/ online discussion (10%)

Task 3: Minor essay (15%)

Task 4: Major essay (35%)

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