UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LAWS5214 Public Policy

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content The capacity to effectively develop, manage and evaluate policy is an essential skill in any organisation—public, private, and not-for-profit—but how do governments and corporations make good policy? This unit seeks to develop an understanding of the key concepts, tools, and theories in the processes of public policy development and evaluation. It applies theory to practice, as a grasp of both is essential to learning public policy development and administration.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced knowledge of key concepts and theories in public policy; (2) reflect critically on the theory and professional practice of public policy; and (3) apply knowledge and skills to plan and execute a research based project.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research report; (2) policy memo; and (3) case study presentation and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor
Contact hours offered intensively
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.law.uwa.edu.au/Units/LAWS5214/TS-D-1G/2017
Note Teaching dates for this unit are as follows: Friday 3 March to Monday 6 March. Refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

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