Units of Study

GSOG6001 - Policy in Practice: Delivering Value

Session 1 Early Census, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Assoc Prof Gaby Ramia


This unit examines the design, implementation and evaluation of policy in contemporary democracies. Reflecting the varying roles of the public sector - for example, regulator, service provider and law-maker - policy is approached as an exercise that occurs within specific institutional, historical, political and economic contexts rather than an abstract ideal. Through tailored case studies, this unit will explore issue-identification and framing, consultation, decision making, implementation and evaluation. Government is increasingly understood as a generator of public value, and effective policy is the central mechanism through which public value is delivered. Focusing on practitioner perspectives, the unit explores relevant theoretical and analytical frameworks. Throughout the unit there is an emphasis on the need for policy which is informed by the best available evidence and which, as much as possible, actively engages citizens and builds trust in public institutions and services. National and international policy transfer, the impact of globalisation and the challenges of the information explosion will be considered.


2x500wd critical summaries (2x15%), 1500wd group proposal (10%), 20min group presentation (20%), 2000wd essay (40%)


GSOG6001 unit reader; Althaus, C, Bridgman, P and David, G The Australina Policy Handbook 4th Edition.


1x8-hr seminar/week, 8.30am-4.30pm Thursday, weeks 1 to 4 and weeks 8 to 10

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Units of Study - By Program

Master of Public Administration, Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Public Adminstration

Students complete core units: GSOG6001, GSOG6002, GSOG6003, GSOG6004;
Capstone units: GSOG6005 or GSOG6006.
Electives: GSOG6007, GSOG6008 or those listed in Table B.

ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration

Students admitted and enrolled into the EMPA program before 2015 complete the following units of study.
Core units: ANZG6006, ANZG6007, ANZG6008, ANZG6009, ANZG6010, ANZG6011;
Capstone unit: ANZG6012;
Mandatory Finance elective: GSOG6004;
Electives: GSOG6003, GSGO6007, GSOG6008 or those listed in Table B.

Students admitted and enrolled from 2015 are to complete an additional core unit, Managing Public Sector Organisations, and as their capstone unit, Work Based Project (12 credit points).