Professional Practice in Policy

Subject PPMN90010 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

February, Parkville - 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: Contact Hours: This subject will be taught as a Summer Intensive program of lectures and workshops from 9:00am - 5:00pm on 14, 15, 16 & 17 February 2011
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Public Policy at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-553 Professional Practice in Policy
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


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.

Written work totalling 5000 words.

Hurdle Requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory on all 4 days. Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop

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.
Related Course(s): Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)

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