Policy Design

Subject 166-419 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management , Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma or Honours in Public Policy and Management, Master of Public Policy and Management (200 point program) or Master of Social Policy (200 point program)
Corequisites: This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management (200 point program), Bachelor of Public Policy and Management Pass degree, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy and Managment.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Lauren Rosewarne


Dr. Lauren Rosewarne
Subject Overview: This subject examines policy making from a number of different theoretical perspectives, introduces a range of methods and approaches to examining public policy, and develops policy design skills. It introduces students to how policy is made, through examining key theoretical models of the policy process. Methodologies, approaches and strategies for addressing contemporary policy issues are explored. The subject uses these policy models and theories, in conjunction with an introduction to methods for undertaking research and gathering evidence, to teach the political and technical skills of policy design. On completion of the subject, students should be able to demonstrate competence in critical and creative thinking, and the use of critical analysis and research methods to integrate arguments and evidence into the design of public policy.
  • Comprehend the main theoretical frameworks in public policy
  • Understand methodologies for researching contemporary policy issues
  • Demonstrate competence in forming judgements and arguments from evidence
  • Be able to apply these theories, methods, and skills to the design of policy
Assessment: Written work of 5000 words, worth 100% due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Demonstrate written communication skills
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills in relation to public policy
  • Demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent research

Formerly available as 166-419. Students who have completed 166-419 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management 200-point program, the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management Pass degree, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy and Management.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Social Policy
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Public Policy and Management
Public Policy and Management

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