Courses & Units

Policy Implementation and Evaluation HPP412



Unit offered subject to sufficient numbers


This unit explores major conceptual, empirical and normative issues surrounding the implementation and evaluation of public policy. Both of these phases of the policy process are examined separately and in relation to each other and to other concepts such as compliance, effectiveness, policy learning and accountability.  The growing importance of policy implementation and evaluation is reflected in a burgeoning literature from official government sources and various fields of academia. This literature is critically analysed. So-called lessons for successful implementation are identified along with implementation 'traps'. Measures for enhancing policy compliance and policy learning are examined. Finally, the purposes, types and methods of evaluation are surveyed.


Unit name Policy Implementation and Evaluation
Unit code HPP412
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Wendy Aitken

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 2020: $4,216.00 090101

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Major with GPA of 6.5 or higher for honours entry OR admission into R5M, R6M, R7M or C7W

Mutual Exclusions

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

HPP402, HSD425


Teaching Pattern

Internal: 2 hour seminar weekly (13 wks)Distance:  Web based delivery


HPP412 Off Campus: Online seminar participation (20%); 1500-word discussion paper/short essay (20%); 1000-word research essay outline (10%); 3500-word research essay (50%)

HPP412 On Campus:   Seminar participation (20%); 1500-word discussion paper/short essay (20%); 1000-word research essay outline (10%); 3500-word research essay (50%)

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