Principles of Public Policy

Course code POLI3130
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course examines the public policy process within liberal democratic governments and states, with a specific focus on Australia. It begins with an overview of the debates about the nature and scope of public policy, the various conceptual frameworks within which public policy can be interpreted and understood, and the complex relationships between public policy and government. The course highlights the essentially contested nature of the public policy process, and the politicised context within which public policy formulation and administration invariably takes place.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Clear understanding of salient principles of public policy

2. Acquisition of core analytical and critical skills

3. An awareness of diverse policy pathways and processes from idea to implementation

4. Broader conceptual understanding of the role of public policy in the exercise of power in Australia


Course content may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following topics:

  • Definitions of 'public policy'
  • Analysis of different models of/approaches to 'public policy'
  • Analysis of government reports/policies
  • Policy Agendas and Processes
  • Policy Instruments
  • Policy Implementation and Evaluation
  • Policy Contexts; Markets and Politics
  • Governance and Government


This course has similarities to POLI2130. If you have successfully completed POLI2130 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

10 units in Politics at 1000 level or 30 units at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Engagement

Written Assignment: Critique of Report

Written Assignment: Position Paper

Written Assignment: Briefing Paper for a Government Minister

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term