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GOVT2941: Making Policy in Political Context

Public policy is about what governments do or choose not to do. This unit explores how public policy is formulated, implemented and evaluated, and what governance processes are typically followed. It also covers circumstances under which governments may choose to abstain from taking policy action. This unit examines a range of approaches to the study of public policy in both theory and practice and in the context of national and international politics, with both an Australian and comparative focus.

Code GOVT2941
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in GOVT and a minimum of 36 credit points

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. compare how concepts, theories and methods used to analyse and research public policy have differed over time and across different contexts
  • LO2. evaluate ethical and other issues involved in different research methods commonly used in public policy analysis
  • LO3. apply advanced concepts and theories to explain increasingly complex examples of political phenomena
  • LO4. engage in limited independent evidence gathering to support their arguments.