HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS

PHE5HPA

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students learn about policy analysis. A problem-oriented approach is used to identify the nature of the problem, see how the problem is articulated, and solutions examined. Students are given the opportunity to explore, within the health field, political institutions, the operation and functions of governments in regulating and funding the health system, and development and implementation of public and other policies. Consideration will be given to political theories and to understanding linkages between political structures and social and economic development. The analytical approach includes power, authority and influence, various theories which seek to explain the exercise of power in policy, and language and societal values. The process of implementation receives special attention. Case studies from domestic and international areas of health policy are presented to illustrate some of the enduring issues of policy analysis as well as exploring specific policy areas.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSimon Barraclough

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites None

Co-requisites None

Incompatible subjects None

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA selection of required texts will be made available through the Reading Lists system of the University LibraryRecommendedNANA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Produce analyses of policy that identify different motives and competing interests

Activities:
Major policy analysis assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Conceptualise policy processes

Activities:
Lectures/Seminars & prescribed reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify and explore conflicting interests influencing health policy

Activities:
Lectures/Seminars & prescribed reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Explain the significance of competing ideologies, values and discourses in shaping health policy.

Activities:
Lectures/Seminars, prescribed reading & in-class exercise.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Barraclough

Class requirements

Lecture
Three 7.0 hours lecture per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture
Five 3.0 hours lecture per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Plus six hours of directed learning activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,500-word minor assignment providing an in-depth analysis of a health policy problemA set topic analysing tensions in the rationalities underpinning health policy.25 02, 03, 04
One 3,500-word major assignment analysing tensions in policy rationalitiesAn in-depth analysis of a problem in health policy chosen from the student's professional area of expertise or intellectual interest.75 01, 02, 03, 04

Online, 2015, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSimon Barraclough

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
One 39.0 hours scheduled online class per study period and delivered via online.
"Online content equivalent to 39 hours of face-to-face teaching."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,500-word minor assignment providing an in-depth analysis of a health policy problemA set topic analysing tensions in the rationalities underpinning health policy.25 02, 03, 04
One 3,500-word major assignment analysing tensions in policy rationalitiesAn in-depth analysis of a problem in health policy chosen from the student's professional area of expertise or intellectual interest.75 01, 02, 03, 04