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Public Policy Analysis (PPMN90007)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePPMN90007
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
March
August
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management will provide students with the key theoretical and analytical perspectives and debates in public policy. Students will be introduced to key competing theoretical models explaining policy design and implementation processes. We will explore how policy problems are identified, framed and contested; examine the influence of local and global actors and institutions; and discuss roles that ideas, evidence, and norms play in the design process. As well as exposing students to key theoretical models, case study analysis and practice-based assessment tasks will be used to develop student’s hands-on skills in policy analysis and design.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • Identify, compare, explain and translate policy problems and their solutions, with an appreciation for expectations and roles of key actors and institutions in policy-making contexts
  • Demonstrate mastery of pivotal scholarship on public policy making
  • Work with complex information and policy environments, and distinguish between dilemmas and opportunities
  • Formulate strategies that empower key actors, such as service users or stakeholders, to achieve their goals
  • Clearly and persuasively communicate to diverse audiences
  • Review and critique important data sources and specialised policy documents
  • Exhibit in-depth technical understandings of public policy making, including agenda-setting, formulation, implementation, and evaluation
  • Execute a public policy research project both independently and within groups

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • in-depth knowledge of the disciplines of political science and policy and administration, and the ability to examine governance, policy and public sector reform issues from other disciplinary perspectives.
  • critical and strong reasoning skills, and creativity in applying theory and research methods to complex practical problems across diverse contexts.
  • effective oral and written communication skills.
  • autonomy, self-motivation, self-direction and outstanding organisational skills to set goals and manage time and priorities.
  • skills in self-assessment, self-awareness, reflective and lifelong learning, with an overriding commitment to personal and professional integrity.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

For students in the 200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PPMN90042 Political Problems and Policy Responses
March
July
25
PPMN90037 Governance
March
August
25

For students in the 150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PPMN90037 Governance
March
August
25

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Please note: Students should avoid enrolling in both PPMN90007 Public Policy Analysis and PPMN90006 Executive Leadership and Management in the same semester without the approval of the Director of Master of Public Policy and Management

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PPMN90006 Executive Leadership and Management
March
Semester 2
25

Recommended background knowledge

Public Policy at Undergraduate level

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Additional details

  • 1,500 word policy review brief (15%) due 2 weeks after the first classes.
  • 2,500 word presentation on policy strategy (25%) to be delivered in class during the teaching period.
  • 6,000 word policy paper (60%) due one month after the final class
  • Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • March
    Principal coordinatorAzad Singh Bali
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours total: lectures and seminars are delivered intensivley over 6 x 8-hour days
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period15 March 2019 to 11 May 2019
    Last self-enrol date25 February 2019
    Census date 5 April 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 June 2019

    March contact information

  • August
    CoordinatorsEllie Martus and Paul Fawcett
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours total: lectures and seminars are delivered intensivley over 6 x 8-hour days
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period 9 August 2019 to 21 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date25 July 2019
    Census date23 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail20 September 2019
    Assessment period ends19 October 2019

    August contact information

Time commitment details

340 hours total

Additional delivery details

A quota of 48 students per availability has been set for this subject.

Places will be reserved for students in their final semester, and then priority will be given to students in their final 100 points of the degree.

All students should submit their preferences via the degree’s LMS website at the start of their degree.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Required readings will be made available electronically via LMS prior to the commencement of the subject's teaching period.

Last updated: 30 July 2019