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AIP704 - Making Policy


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Andrew Scott




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1-hour per week


This unit explains the process of Policy Making as distinct from most other units in this degree which are concerned with policy content and particular policy issues. This unit therefore considers, and critically engages with, a conventional classification of eight stages in ‘the policy cycle’. Students will be encouraged to identify into which stages of the cycle various particular policy activities are best classified. The relative importance in determining outcomes of different ‘policy actors’ will be discussed and analysed. The need for effective policy evaluation, and challenges in how to achieve this, will be given particular attention.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically analyse policy issues to determine into which stages of the conventional cycle various policy activities are best classified

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Convincingly and persuasively argue for the relative importance of different stages of, and different players in, the policy cycle

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically debate with peers the stages of the conventional policy cycle into which various activities are best classified

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Research and writing exercise

2000 words 40% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Research essay 3000 words 60% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIP704 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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