Learn about the art of policy-making in Australia. This online unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, will help you understand and think critically about the policy-making process, with particular emphasis on Australian politics.
You will examine public policy literature from a wide variety of sources, as well as a number of case studies specific to Australia, such as Indigenous policy and environmental policy. You will also learn about the policy cycle with reference to the Abbott Government.
The unit raises issues such as the role of the state and the distribution of power in the development, implementation and evaluation of public policy. By studying Australian Public Policy you will gain skills in political awareness, critical thinking, writing, research and analysis.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed any unit deemed academically equivalent.
Areas of study
In this Australian Public Policy unit, the topics you will study include:
The roles of government
The Abbott Government and the policy cycle
The politics of policy
The administration of policy
Agendas and decisions MSB
Case study: Indigenous policy
Case study: employment and equity policy
Case study: environmental policy
Determining and terminating policy
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
This unit is an elective in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will give you the theoretical and practical skills to pursue a career in public policy. You will learn about the complex process of policy-making within the context of Australian politics.
Upon completion, you will be able to analyse and think critically about the problems and political considerations that affect a government’s policy-making decisions. You will also demonstrate strong written communication and research skills, and understand the linkages between philosophical perspectives and policy processes.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Australian Public Policy from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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