Public Policy Project: Process and Practice

SOC30007, formerly LSS331 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 hours over the teaching period (normally 3 hours per week)


100cps including any two sociology units

Aims and objectives

The unit reviews and evaluates major theoretical and ideological approaches to important aspects of policy development, such as problem identification, policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. Projects enhance professional skills such as team work, project management and self-direction. Exploration of stakeholder relationships in the context of selected policy issues such as, for example, environmental, water, aboriginal issues and other policy areas at the state and federal government levels with the notion of bringing about positive social change as the motivating factor. This process will help to enhance discipline knowledge, critical and lateral thinking skills as well as activate a broader sense of the value of engaged citizenship.

The unit will enable students to:
• Expand their knowledge and understanding of policy processes
• Appreciate the complexities involved in the policy process and practice
• Develop their abilities to critically analyse policies, utilising a range of sociological and other theoretical frameworks
• Explore the processes and structures that shape the formation and implementation of policies
• Understand the relationship of citizenship rights and duties to policy development
• Identify the different areas of responsibility in the process
• Delineate the match between policy areas and levels of government
• Understand the extra government participants in the policy development process
• Develop a policy taken from the current political domain
• Understand the policy development process from an independent lobbyist’s position

Courses with unit

This is a prescribed unit of study in the ex-Social Science Major/s.
As from 2014, students enrolled in ex-Lilydale degrees will need to take HAS304/SOC30008 Research Project to replace this unit in their Sociology major.

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.