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POLS5503 Public Administration

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the key public administration practices required to deliver public outcomes effectively. Students acquire knowledge of contemporary issues and practices in public administration in Australia and internationally, including Asia–Pacific. The unit also equips students with an understanding of the significant roles performed by public managers, and the unique challenges faced by them in a complex public service environment. Students learn about the capabilities public managers and leaders need in order to facilitate the effective delivery of public outcomes.
Students are able to (1) understand the key concepts, ideas and theories associated with public administration; (2) understand the key public administration challenges and develop an appreciation of the capabilities needed to address them; (3) demonstrate the ability to think independently, develop informed perspectives and persuasively communicate in the field of public administration; and (4) apply the concepts and theories to analyse contemporary issues in public administration.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research paper; (2) group presentation; and (3) research plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Joshua McDonnell
Unit rules
Contact hours
Seminars: delivered intensively
Availability: Taught intensively over 4 days: 14 Mar (9am-4pm), 21 Mar (9am-12noon),
25 Mar (9am-12noon), 28 Mar (9am-4pm) - Online only
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.