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Public Policy Analysis (POL246)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Why do some problems come to the attention of governments while others do not? Who is involved in the policy-making process? Pressure groups, media, think tanks; what are their goals? How are policies evaluated? Theoretical explanations are combined with practical examples from Australia and overseas to provide students with a critical understanding of how policy is made. The unit also equips students with the main conceptual tools for analysing the impact of a policy or policy recommendation.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
LO1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how public policy is developed;
LO2. Articulate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and conceptual tools appropriate to public policy and public policy analysis;
LO3. Analyse the impact of a particular policy or policy recommendation;
LO4. Identify and solve public policy problems;
LO5. Undertake public policy research; and
LO6. Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/Workshops 2 hours per week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a blend of self-direction and more structured learning through online lectures and workshops. Students are provided with a range of opportunities to choose policy case studies and they are encouraged to explore their own areas of interest.
Assessment The learning outcomes for this unit include the development of policy analysis skills. The assessments provide the opportunity for students to understand the formation of public policy, the analysis of policy problems and the tools available to implement policy initiatives. All students will be provided with feedback on their work over the semester.
Students must complete 4 pieces of assessment:
in class participation or short summaries for external students
policy scoping paper (500 words)
policy briefing paper report (2000)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL330 Public Policy Analysis may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Global Business and Politics (BCom) [New in 2019]
Global Politics and Policy
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
Sociology (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Global Politics and Policy
Tourism and Events
Appears in these Minors Public Policy
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
Dr Kim Moloney
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6044
e: k.moloney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Kim Moloney
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6044
e: k.moloney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus

Dr Yvonne Haigh
Senior Lecturer in Policy and Governance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2991
e: Y.Haigh@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.014 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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