Provides students with practical skills in policy analysis and critique using an approach that explores how policy ‘problems’ are constructed. Enables students to analyse problem representations and apply these to policy case studies. Encourages students to think critically about how governing occurs and the implications for those being governed.
1. Policy 'problems' and problem representations
2. Analysing assumptions in problem representations
3. The discovery of problem representations
4. Identifying limits to problem representations
5. Identifying effects of problem representations
6. Governmentality: thinking about how conduct is governed
7. Rethinking policy analysis
8. Case studies in welfare, ‘youth’ and unemployment
9. Case studies in health, wellbeing and dangerous consumption
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe how to analyse problem representations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||undertake an analysis of a problem representation||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||discuss the contribution of governmentality to policy analysis and critique||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||apply an analysis of a problem representation to critically discuss a policy, including the implications for those being governed.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Bacchi, C, 2009, Analysing Policy: What’s the Problem Represented to be?.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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