Principles of Public Policy
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Political Science, Public Policy Studies
Taught In English
Prerequisites10 units in Politics at 1000 level or 30 units at 1000 level.
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis course examines the public policy process within liberal democratic governments and states, with a specific focus on Australia. It begins with an overview of the debates about the nature and scope of public policy, the various conceptual frameworks within which public policy can be interpreted and understood, and the complex relationships between public policy and government. The course highlights the essentially contested nature of the public policy process, and the politicised context within which public policy formulation and administration invariably takes place.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. Clear understanding of salient principles of public policy2. Acquisition of core analytical and critical skills3. An awareness of diverse policy pathways and processes from idea to implementation4. Broader conceptual understanding of the role of public policy in the exercise of power in AustraliaCONTENTCourse content may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following topics:
ASSESSMENT ITEMSTutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial EngagementWritten Assignment: Critique of ReportWritten Assignment: Position Paper
- Definitions of public policy
- Analysis of different models of/approaches to public policy
- Analysis of government reports/policies
- Policy Agendas and Processes
- Policy Instruments
- Policy Implementation and Evaluation
- Policy Contexts - Markets and Politics
- Governance and Government
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.