AIP230 - Policy and How It Shapes Us


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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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 - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Public policy is – in very simple terms – the work that governments do. Our lives are impacted by public policy every single day. As well as shaping us, policies shape the societies and environment in which we live. In this unit we examine public policy in Australia to get to the heart of the relationship between government, our selves, and our society. How is policy made, and by whom? Who benefits from policy, and who is disadvantaged? And, finally, how does policy shape us, and how do we shape policy? Students will gain an overview of seven different policy areas: economic, welfare, environment, education, health, Indigenous, and alcohol and illicit drug policies. With authentic assessment tasks, students will master four methods of policy analysis, and conduct two policy briefings. Students will have the opportunity to publish their final policy analysis in the annual student journal Publicus Consilium: Deakin Public Policy Review.

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