LAWS 3044 Law and Public Policy (Development and Implementation)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200802

Coordinator John Juriansz Opens in new window

Description This subject examines the link between law, public policy and social reform to explain and understand when legislative programs effectively or ineffectively achieve change. The subject adopts a range of social, political and legal perspectives to examine the policy process and its interaction with law. The subject focuses on recent policy initiatives to assess the role and relevance of law in public policy development.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 1006 OR
LAWS 1008 OR
LAWS 1009

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the field pf public policy development and implementation and explain, identify and critically evaluate the key concepts, policies and issues in defined case studies.
  2. Explain and apply an understanding of the relevant legal concepts and aspects of policy analysis to analysing and solving practical problems and theoretical legal issues in a clear, logical and effective way.
  3. Write in a clear, persuasive and logical style on complex legal and policy issues for the diverse range of audiences found in the public policy process.

Subject Content

Theories of the Public Policy Process (development and implementation)
Approaches to the Relationship between Law and Public Policy
Case Study 1: the Northern Territory Intervention
Case Study 2: NSW Diversionary Sentencing and Drug Courts
Case Study 3: Australian Economic Policy
Case Study 4: Migration policy, law and enforcement


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Class Participation (based on contribution to in-class learning) Entire Semester 10 N Individual
Minor Case Study 2,000 words 40 N Individual
Major Case Study 2,500 words 40 N Individual
Professional Task 500 words 10 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Reader to be collated by subject coordinator.

Teaching Periods

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