Public Policy and Organisations

10 Units

The course explores themes in public policy and public sector administration. This begins with an introduction to liberal democratic systems with an emphasis on policy development and public sector administration. The course draws upon recent theoretical literature to explore the evolving field of public policy and the public sector. Several case studies are examined to reveal the practical application of theory, in a critical manner. The trend towards private sector methods in the public sector, and the most recent trend in the other direction, are both critically examined.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School
Availability Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature and significance of liberal democratic governance and public accountability
  2. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of public administration to the analysis of interests, ideas, and institutions
  3. Critically evaluate different interpretations of policy outcomes
  4. Use the different research methods used to investigate public policy
  5. Develop evidence-based argument and evaluation
  6. Gather, organise and use evidence from a variety of secondary and primary sources
  7. Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems
  8. Communicate effectively in oral and/or written work
  9. Recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of policy

The content in this course includes the following topics:

  1. Liberal democratic governance: theory & practice
  2. Regulation & agencies
  3. Stakeholders, pluralism, & policy networks
  4. Energy policies
  5. Energy agencies
  6. Industrial policies
  7. Institutions & public health
  8. Public Private Partnerships
  9. Privatization & re-nationalisation
  10. Critical approaches to accountability
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: In-Class Test/Quiz
  • Report: Major Written Report
  • Presentation: Group Oral Presentation Exercise
  • Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term
This course consists of 36 hours of guided instruction provided on a trimester basis. Delivery will consist of 3 hours of face-to-face teaching over 12 successive weeks.

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for GSBS6515
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