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This course introduces concepts of and approaches to public policy analysis and evaluation. The course examines the interaction of expertise, society, and public policy and clarifies the intricacies of the policy process in light of technological and social change.
How do governments address real-world problems such as climate change, health crises, and social inequity? Public policy broadly refers to government goals, decisions, and actions/inactions made on behalf of the public to address perceived issues, and policy analysis entails examining and evaluating the available options. This course introduces students to public policy and policy analysis, with a brief overview of power and rationality, colonialism, institutions, theories of policy change, citizen participation, policy learning, and more. Over the term we will devote particular focus to Aotearoa/New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and Australia.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able tounderstand core concepts and major approaches of public policy and policy analysis;recognise public policy as both an applied field and academic discipline; comprehend how colonialism is interwoven with policy-making;describe the relationships between actors, institutions, and public policy processes;articulate the values and interests that underpin policy views;conduct policy research and issue analysis and write an effective policy brief;apply policy tools and concepts to real-world issues;discern the differences between public policy in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and Australia;
Any 15 points at 100 level from HLTH, HSRV, orPOLS, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, orLAWS, GEOG, orthe Schedule V of the BCom.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Reading materials will be available on Learn and at the university library. The following textbook will be used in this course:Cairney, P. (2019). Understanding Public Policy: Theories and Issues. 2nd Ed. Bloomsbury
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences