Course Title: Public Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Public Policy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Kathy Edwards

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8260

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will attain a broad introduction to the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy. You will begin with a general overview of the many and varied ways that public policy affects our lives, both personally and professionally. In this context, you will consider questions of the definition and breadth of the activity we call public policy. From there you will look at some of the key institutions and process that policy actors use to implement public policy. Finally, you will consider some key policy issues and debates.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Give an accurate account of what public policy is and how it affects our lives
  2. Describe the general processes through which public policy is developed and implemented
  3. Identify and analyse the ways in which different policy actors can enable and also limit the possibility of just and equitable policies
  4. Apply policy analysis techniques to interpret and critique particular policies that relate to your professional field, and effectively present your findings 

Overview of Learning Activities

Depending on delivery mode, learning activities will include interactive workshop or online discussion activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media. In workshops you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing. 

In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials. The workshops or online discussion spaces offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the graduate capabilities. 

Assessment tasks may include research and analysis of specific policy issues, case studies, group presentations and written assignments. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Type


Assessment 1: Two quizzes (Key Policy Concepts and Debates, Policy Cycle)

20% each. Multiple choice and short answer combination

Assessment 2a: Key Issues Paper

20%, 800 words

Assessment 2b: Policy Position Paper

40%, 1500 words

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: