Courses & Units

Government and Public Administration HPP413



Unit offered subject to sufficient numbers


This unit and its two component modules address key principles underpinning government within a Westminster parliamentary system. The unit aims to provide a background to, and understanding of the theory and practice of public administration and management. The unit will examine the roles and responsibilities of the public servant, and the means through which government outputs (public policy) are formulated and implemented. This includes discussion of planning and budgeting as tools for public administration. Particular attention is paid to the question of reform within the public sector, and the issue and challenges arising from the introduction of 'public management' models. The concept of governance and its different forms provides an opportunity to examine the features of, debates about, and alternatives to current public administration.


Unit name Government and Public Administration
Unit code HPP413
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 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 R5R, R6R, R7R or C7W

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Teaching Pattern

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


Seminar participation (20%), 2500 word discussion paper/short essay (20%), 1500 word research essay outline (10%), 4000 word research essay (50%)

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