Public Policy in Australia

POL30010 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or Term

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

Last withdraw without fail:
18 Sep 20


25 Credit Points at Level 2



Aims and objectives

This Unit of Study is designed to provide students with a conceptual framework through which the formulation of public policies in Australia can be analysed. The seminar program is designed to provide the theoretical and conceptual background to the subject while the tutorials will provide students with an opportunity to further explore these ideas and concepts and to apply them to practical policy issues.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Examine and apply the key theoretical frameworks used to explain how public policy is developed;
2. Analyse the roles and relationships between key policy actors, institutions, and processes central to contemporary Australian public policy making;
3. Analyse the challenges facing policy actors in complex contemporary settings;
4. Research and analyse public policy issues using primary and secondary sources;
5. Construct a theoretically framed, evidence-based written argument about a chosen domain of public policy.

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