Professional Practice in Policy

Subject 166-553 (2009)

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

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

July, - 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: July 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. This subject will be taught as an intensive program of lectures and workshops from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Total Time Commitment: 24 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of public policy and management.
Corequisites: None
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:


Dr Lauren Rosewarne


Dr. Lauren Rosewarne
Subject Overview: This subject will examine contemporary issues and debates in public policy making in a variety of contexts (Victorian, Australian, and international) through insights provided by professional public policy practitioners. Students will be offered a unique opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the public policy process as experienced by professionals, and will participate in the examination and analysis of contemporary case studies of public policy in action.
  • gain familiarity with contemporary issues and debates in public policy making;
  • gain an understanding of policy making processes and institutions;
  • be able to demonstrate competence in independent research and analysis;
  • gain professional skills in policy analysis and design:
  • be able to apply theory to professional practice;
  • be able to apply theories and methods to the analysis of public policy case studies.
Assessment: Written work totalling 5000 words.
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:
  • be able to analyse and think critically in relation to public policy;
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent research;
  • be able to demonstrate written communication skills.
Notes: Formerly available as 166-553. Students who have completed 166-553 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)

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