This unit examines the public policy process in Australia from an international comparative perspective. It analyses the actors and institutions involved in the policy making process. Topics cover the research, development, implementation, and evaluation of policies across different areas. This may include energy, immigration, healthcare, education, infrastructure, security, defence, or other areas important for Australia. Students will undertake research and analysis of contemporary issues to further develop their report writing skills. Particular emphasis is placed on analysing and understanding the strength and reliability of different types of evidence used in a public policy context. The unit will be particularly useful for students wanting to work in government or organizations attempting to influence governmental decision making.
PRESCRIBED TEXT - THE AUSTRALIAN POLICY HANDBOOK: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE POLICY MAKING PROCESS