2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 of POLI2011, POLI2002, POLI2015
Enrolment not permitted
POLI3101 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic revolves around the concept of "Ideas, Politics, and Public Policy." It functions as a capstone for students completing a major sequence in Public Policy, and is also available as an elective topic for any other students who have completed POLl2015, POLl2011, or POLl2002. The topic provides students with the ability to understand, interpret and analyse political processes and public policy, including a sound understanding of the origin and ramifications of some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Encourage students to draw upon, develop further and apply their previous work in politics and public policy
  • Encourage student engagement through activities designed to foster collaboration
  • Enable students to develop further and refine their skills in research and writing
  • Provide a structured opportunity to develop and apply skills in public presentation
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand, interpret and analyse political processes and public policy
  2. Recognise the origin and ramifications of some of the most pressing contemporary issues
  3. Propose alternatives to existing political processes and policies based on competing ideas

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.