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Public Policy Project (POL301)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description The project enables students to investigate a real world public policy issue relevant to a public sector agency, industry or NGO, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The research is supported by seminars, ranging from considerations in policy making, public policy research, professional writing and the ethics of research. While assistance in organising topics is provided, the onus is on students to select and organise projects that match their interests and prepare them for further study or their chosen careers.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the end of your Public Policy Project you should have a high level understanding of:
1. The particular public policy that has been the focus of your project;
2. The diverse range of approaches and perspectives appropriate to research into public policy;
3. Research ethics;
4. The importance of professional writing and its relationship to formal academic writing.
By the end of your Public Policy Project you will be able to:
5. Critically apply disciplinary knowledge acquired during your university studies to your particular project;
6. Plan the organisation, time-management and execution of a significant research project;
7. Communicate both in written form and orally in a professional manner appropriate to the context and audience of your research;
8. Accept and respond professionally to constructive critical feedback.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 hours seminar per week
Unit Learning Experiences POL301 offers students a Work Integrated Learning experience but does not involve a placement; rather the Public Policy Project involves working on a task or topic relevant to industry, public sector agencies or NGOs.
The approach to learning is self-directed research under the guidance of an academic supervisor - the student's research skills are supported and developed through a range of interactive seminars and workshops. A priority of the unit is peer support.
Assessment The principal piece of assessment is the project report - the writing of this report is supervised and scaffolded through a process of feedback on submitted drafts; in addition, students are required to present a Research Seminar to their peers speaking to their project OR a Reflective Essay (dependent on enrolments in the Unit). Research Project: 65% (Progress Report: 15% and Final Report: 50%); Participation/ Engagement (15%); Seminar presentation or Reflective essay: 20%
Prerequisites Students must have completed 48 points
Exclusions Students who have completed POL340 Public Policy Internship or POL322 Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Global Security (BGS) [New in 2019]
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Global Business and Politics (BCom) [New in 2019]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Jane Hutchison
Head of Discipline Global Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2995
e: J.Hutchison@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.037 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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