Organisations and Management

Subject 166-423 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: *
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management, Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Public Policy and Management or postgraduate coursework programs in public policy and management or social policy.
Corequisites: *
Recommended Background Knowledge: *
Non Allowed Subjects: *
Core Participation Requirements: *


Dr Lauren Rosewarne
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the modern public sector management function through a range of practical and theoretical perspectives. Focusing on placing public sector management into surrounding historical and quasi-ideological debates, the subject explores the nature of public sector management, its capabilities and boundaries, technologies of management and their associated functional applications, and the limitations of existing paradigms, policy tractability, and political will to deliver 'public value' (if there can be such a thing). Focused on critical case analysis, the subject requires a good understanding of political and public policy processes and contexts at the local, state, federal levels of Australia, and a willingness to participate in group discussion, activities and study. Participants will leave the subject with a broad introduction to public sector management as well as skills and techniques for investigating management issues.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words, worth 100% due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;

  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;

  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;

  • be able to participate in team work through small group discussions.


Formerly available as 166-896. Students who have completed 166-896 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is a core (compulsory) subject in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management, in the first year of the Master of Public Policy and Management and in the first year of the Master of Social Policy.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Social Policy
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Development Studies)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Public Policy and Management)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Public Policy and Management)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Development Studies)

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