Policy Analysis (GOVT2552)


The unit outlines the nature of public policy - dealing with such matters as definitions of policy and approaches to analysing public policy; Examines the main building blocks of the policy process: actors, institutions, and policy instruments; Explores key stages of the public policy process: notably problem definition, agenda setting, policy formation, decision making, implementation and evaluation. Examples are drawn from Australia and a range of countries throughout the world; Addresses policy-making in extreme, 'crisis' situations.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Eval case study (40%), 1x2hr exam (50%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations



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