Principles of Public Policy

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Principles of Public Policy

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    10 units in Politics at 1000 level or 30 units at 1000 level.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This 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.
    1. Clear understanding of salient principles of public policy
    2. Acquisition of core analytical and critical skills
    3. An awareness of diverse policy pathways and processes from idea to implementation
    4. Broader conceptual understanding of the role of public policy in the exercise of power in Australia
    Course content may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following topics:
    • 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
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Engagement
    Written Assignment: Critique of Report
    Written Assignment: Position Paper

Course Disclaimer

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.