Course Title: Policy Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Policy Futures

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

POLI1096

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: John Whyte

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1079

Course Coordinator Email: john.whyte@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Public policy deals with complex and often complicated issues and problems, where the effects of policy interventions are difficult to predict. This course assists you to develop analytical and problem-solving skills required to develop sustainable policy solutions.

You will examine the use of strategic thinking and futures planning in a range of government and non-government organization case studies and develop your capacity and confidence for strategic thinking and futures planning.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Confidently apply strategic thinking to policy issues and projects
  • Use your judgment and strategic thinking capacity to engage with complex policy issues
  • Scope, cost and propose strategic solutions for current circumstances and future challenges
  • Effectively prepare and present strategic planning proposals and submissions



Overview of Learning Activities

Workshops will use current examples of strategic thinking and futures planning from government and non-government organisation policy contexts. You will have the opportunity to actively engage and develop your strategic thinking and problem solving skills through workshop activities which explore case studies, readings, and a diverse range of lecture and online course materials.


Overview of Learning Resources

Course readings will be available via MyRMIT Studies. In addition RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include essays, case studies, reports and presentations. You will be required to complete assessment tasks equivalent to 5,000 words.