Course Title: Policy in Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Policy in Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1050

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

ENVI1050

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Ben Cooke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9943

Course Coordinator Email: ben.cooke@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course explores the way in which policy making and implementation shape environmental governance and planning. 

Policy-making theory and practice and policy processes in Australia form the basis of the syllabus. Emphasis will be given to the key aspects of policy development, implementation and evaluation in order to explore the factors which influence each of these aspects for effective policy making. 
 
These points will be expanded by the consideration of policy-making and implementation processes at global, national, state and local levels, as well as that adopted by private industry. In particular, exploration of policy will provide you with a context for investigating the role of public and private policy, the interconnections of layers of policy-making, and the organisational and structural processes that influence policy processes. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practices in natural resource management, sustainability, globalisation and environmental management to professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge related to the social implications of environmental concerns and challenges both in Australia and globally.
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with environmental monitoring and management and associated policies and practices.
  • Work effectively and productively with others in a range of roles in a variety of professional and social contexts.
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate formats, media and styles to a range of audiences including other professionals, the public, government and non-government agencies and develop collaborative partnerships.
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in environmental and social sustainability.
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professional settings.
 


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. develop a critical understanding of the formal and informal processes of policy 
  2. understand the theories of policy-making for environmental governance and planning 
  3. develop policy analysis skills particularly in relation to environmental governance and planning  
  4. analyse the organisational and social structures that affect policy particularly in relation to environmental governance and planning  
  5. gain an understanding of the extent of environmental policy, both public and private.
       


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts in this course will be developed through lectures and tutorials/discussions, all of which will be supported by online learning tools. The tutorials/discussions are supported by readings that you are expected to critically engage with. In addition to the readings, you are encouraged to draw upon your own experiences within the topics under consideration.  The practical sessions will provide additional experience in data analysis.  


Overview of Learning Resources

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

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in the reading of academic literature. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Recommended learning resources for each topic will mostly include journal articles and web resources but you will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 


Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

  1. Understanding Policy Theory and Practice Task (35%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Research and Analysis of Policy Case Study Task (40%) (Linked to CLO 2, 3, 4)
  3. Policy Briefing Task (25%) (Linked to CLO 4 and 5) 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.