APG5101 - Foundations of public policy - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill


Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


MGF5923 and MGX9230


Understanding public policy is a vital skill in any contemporary organisation. The unit introduces students to the basic principles of how public policy is made, how it emerges from competing interests and debates, and how stakeholders inside and outside government participate in this process. Lessons are drawn from practice in international experience.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. analyse the core concepts and theories that help explain how public policy is made;
  2. evaluate the role of government institutions and other stakeholders in the processes in policy making;
  3. critically assess how policy makers contribute to the development of policies, make decisions and choose strategies to implement policy decisions;
  4. apply knowledge and skills to a public policy research project.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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