Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014


Previously coded PLT3270


This unit examines the factors that shape public policy outcomes and the consequences (both deliberate and unintended) that sometime result from particular policy choices. The unit focuses principally on the Australian context, although includes comparison with similar polities. The unit is divided into three sections. Section one traces the theoretical and normative debates associated with the state in the policy making process, including an examination of the evolution of the state. Section two explores the institutions and actors that are central go policy making process. The course concludes with an investigation of a number of key policy areas.


On successful completion of this subject students should:

  1. Demonstrate an improved understanding of the complexities involved in the formulation and implementation of public policy;
  2. Have gained an understanding of the role and influence of key players and institutions in the policy process;
  3. Be able to link theory and practice;
  4. Have developed the ability to present arguments (in oral and written form) relevant to the topic being analyzed and debated.


Written work: 100%

Chief examiner(s)


Workload requirements

One x 2 hour seminar

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A gateway unit in Politics or ATS2945