Advanced Policy Design

Subject 166-536 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

August, - 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: August 7, 8, September 11, October 9. This subject will be taught as an intensive program from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Public Policy and Management (100 point program), or the Master of Policy Studies (ASST).
Corequisites: This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management (100 point program) and the Master of Policy Studies (ASST).
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:


Assoc Prof Jenny Lewis


Assoc. Prof. Jenny Lewis
Subject Overview: The subject provides an overview of the key elements of policy analysis and policy organization using an integrated design perspective. Key theoretical models are used to equip students to develop an analytical framework for conducting a detailed policy analysis including rational action problems, collective action issues, institutional analysis and use of a governance perspective.
  • have developed high level skills in policy analysis;
  • have developed capacities to analyze the context in which policies are developed and implemented;
  • have developed a research capacity suitable for high level policy analysis;
  • have developed the capacity to review and critique the various sources of data used in policy analysis;
  • have developed a high level understanding of the principles of governance and administration as they apply to public policy.
Assessment: A desk review article of 2500 words worth 25% (due early in the semester); a policy review brief of 1500 words worth 15% (due in September), a class test of 2000 words worth 20% (due in October); a policy design strategy paper of 4000 words worth 40% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of policy analysis skills to empirical problems;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.

Formerly available as 166-536. Students who have completed 166-536 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

This is a compulsory/core subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management (100-point program) and the Master of Policy Studies (ASST).

Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Policy Studies)(Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)

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