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Public Policy Perspectives (SWM613)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Public policy formation is a dynamic process that is constantly evolving. This unit examines policy making processes through a range of policy models, policy design techniques and public policy theory. Case studies and other concrete scenarios are used to enable students to test these theories and perspectives through real world examples. The unit equips students with the tools to comprehend contemporary policy formation and implementation, together with the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that provide the basis for policy analysis.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. The ability to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the public policy process
2. The ability to link policy process and policy design with policy theory
3. The capacity to conceptualise theoretical approaches to policy problems
4. The capacity to understand contemporary policy theory
Timetabled Learning Activities 12 x 3 hour lecture/seminar sessions. Students will complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit blends self-directed practices with structured learning through lectures, seminars and case studies. Students learn practical skills in policy development through the set assignments and the unit also teaches the more theoretical and conceptual frameworks that inform public policy.
Other Learning Experiences A range of policy case studies that target key public policy issues.
Assessment Policy Report paper (2500 words) - 25%
Policy Theory Paper (4000 words) - 35%
Seminar participation - 10%
Examination - 30%
Prerequisites Enrolment in postgraduate degree program.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SWM614 Policy Design AND SWM509 Public Policy Theory and Practice may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Politics, Policy and Global Business (GradCertPPGBus) [New in 2019]
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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 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
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
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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