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, operation and function of government 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-ordinatorAlison Hughes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects PHE5HPI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.


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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and evaluate policy against contemporary theoretical models and frameworks

A major policy analysis assignment on a policy of the student's choosing

02. Conceptualise and demonstrate understanding of the policy process by using appropriate theories and models

Lecture, prescribed reading

03. Demonstrate and communicate a sound understanding and analysis of conflicting motives and competing stakeholder interests that influence health policy

Lectures, prescribed reading, minor and major assignments

04. Synthesise, evaluate and explain the significance of competing ideologies and discourses in shaping policy

Lectures, prescribed reading, minor assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2017, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Hughes

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."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Minor assignment (1,500 word equiv.)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Major assignment (3,000 word equiv.)60 01, 02, 03, 04