Course Title: Theory into Action

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theory into Action

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Whyte

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 1079

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.23

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description


This course 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

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

critical awareness

critical analysis


technical and professional skills



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

You will use a range of texts as well as various class-based learning activities.

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.