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MGX9230 - Public policy

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader: Dr Gaby Ramia


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)


This unit introduces public policy and includes theories of public policy, models of decision-making, methods of evaluation and implementation. Case studies in Australian public policy will be analysed within this course.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • define a range of models and theories that help explain how public policy is made
  • Analyse the role in policy making of the institutions and processes of government
  • analyse the need for governments to respond creatively to both external pressures, including globalisation, and demands for greater community involvement in policy making and service delivery
  • evaluate the contribution and limits of policy analysis
  • evaluate the dynamics of public policy in which patterns emerge, often untidily, from both conscious decisions and the interaction of officeholders and stakeholders.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Contact hours

3-hour class per week

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