POLS5504 Public Sector Leadership in Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This capstone unit is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the contemporary practice of public policy making, with a focus on leadership in the public sector. The unit aims to reveal to students the politics, pressures, dynamics and challenges of working and leading in the contemporary public sector. The principal method for achieving this teaching and learning objective is through direct exposure to and engagement with a range of former and current public sector leaders, policy makers and senior practitioners in WA and Australia, who will be brought into the classroom to share their experiences, practices and insights with students. The unit builds upon and link theoretical and conceptual material in other Master of Public Policy units with the practical aspects of public sector leadership and policy making.
Students are able to (1) build knowledge of professional behaviour and enhance professional skills in communication and networking appropriate to the contemporary public sector; (2) develop an advanced understanding of the practices and dynamics of contemporary public sector leadership and policy making; and (3) conduct and produce research on a major contemporary public sector leadership challenge.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation and presentation; (2) minor essay; and (3) major essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor
Unit rules
For students enrolled in the Master of Public Policy prior to 2020: Completion of 24 points of the Master of Public Policy, including POLS5503 Public Administration, POLS5501 Public Policy,
SOCS5501 Evaluation.
For students enrolled from 2020 onwards: Completion of 24 points of the Master of Public Policy, including POLS5501 Public Policy, LAWS5215, Regulation: Theories and Practices
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy.
Advisable prior study:
POLS5503 Public Administration; undergraduate major in Political Science
closely related field
Contact hours
up to 21 hours
Taught intensively (9am-4pm) over 4 days: 11, 14, 21 and 28 August 2020
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