Public Policy (2018)

Public Policy papers analyse and evaluate how international, national, regional and local institutions of the state formulate and implement policies. They discuss theories of organisation, decision-making and administration, public management, and how public officials work and interact with both the public and the political executive. Papers examine policies in the context of political values and culture, economic constraints, political party agendas, and seek to explain how and why particular policies are adopted by governments.

Public Policy is available as a minor within any undergraduate degree, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Public Policy as a minor, students must gain 60 points in Public Policy, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must include POLCY105, POLCY212, and POLCY318.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Public Policy in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


  • 100 level

  • 200 level

  • 300 level

  • 400 level

    • ECON413  - Economics of Human Resources and Public Policy
    • ECON415 - 18A (HAM)  - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(PP) and GradDip(PP)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Public Policy at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(PP), PGDip(PP), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Public Policy papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Public Policy papers or all their undergraduate Public Policy papers.

    To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including POLS501, and a further 60 points from the papers listed for Public Policy.

    To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Public Policy, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally POLS591), POLS501, and a further 60 points from the papers listed for Public Policy. Students will be permitted to substitute a maximum of 30 points with papers from another subject or subjects.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Public Policy, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BSocSc with a major in Public Policy and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Public Policy papers or all of their undergraduate Public Policy papers, or

    b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Public Policy (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Public Policy vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including POLS501, one of POLS531 or POLS537, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B average to be admitted to POLS592, at least a B+ average to be admitted to POLS593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to POLS594.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 20 September 2017 4:40pm

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