GPM502 Politics, Power & Public Policy (8)

This subject explores the complex interrelationship of politics, power and public policy. It provides both theoretical and historical perspectives of public policy to help equip students with the skills and knowledge required for policy formation and implementation. The subject builds on the content of GPM407, Government and Public Administration, by placing particular emphasis on the relationship between police and government in a democratic society. Module 1 provides an historical perspective on the concept of power before proceeding on to the views of more contemporary writers in the field. Module 2 examines the various stages of the policy cycle and provides students with an understanding of the complexities and political nature of the public policy formation process in Australia. Module 3 considers the relationship of police and the political system in a democracy and overviews the events which have signalled power shifts that have occurred in recent times.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Understand the different concepts of political organisational and bureaucratic power and how they shape the internal and external operating environment of your agency;
  • Understand the essential features and dynamics of the public policy making process and its interaction with the political system;
  • Apply their understanding of power and the political system to more effectively participate in the policy making process and work with the stakeholders that impact on their agency;
  • Evaluate emerging trends in the relationship between police and government and in the exercise of power in the making of law enforcement and related policy;
  • Continue further professional development in policy making issues through a solid understanding of the debates in this field.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Theoretical and historical perspectives Public policy analysis Police and government


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.