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Policy in practice

Explore the values, knowledge and skills needed for policy formulation, strategy, implementation and review. You will be introduced to policy both as an academic discipline and as a field of practice via opportunities for engagement with representatives from industry, government and the third sector. Become familiar with demand frameworks and contexts, and explore practical dilemmas that arise when policy makers tackle factors across multiple fronts.

About this course

Making sense of chaos: The course focuses on concepts and means by which policymakers and academics attempt to bring order to the policy making process. Topics include policy cycles, policy processes, and agenda setting. The subject also considers key influences on policy making, such as corruption and the need for both public participation and expert advice

Course structure

There are five key modules covered in this course. The themes and issues in these relevant areas will be addressed:

  • Policy agendas, cycles and processes
  • Policy advice
  • Decision making and policy
  • Corruption
  • Participation in policy.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the phases of the policy process and the conceptual dynamics through which various phases interact
  • Define and describe key themes that policymakers are required to reflect in building policy outputs
  • Outline the challenges and limitations that policymakers must work within and strive to overcome in formulating policy outputs
  • Apply diverse conceptions of institutional, organisational and public needs and priorities within a policy making environment.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Professionals working in public policy who want to develop their capacity, knowledge and expertise whether working in local government, the public sector or in non-government organisations.



03 August




5 days

Meet the Expert

John Wright

John Wright
Associate Professor, IPPG

John is currently the Course Coordinator of the Master of Applied Policy program at UTS. He completed his PhD in the Department of Government at the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne.  John has held post-doctoral appointments at the University of Birmingham in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology working on area-based regeneration schemes, with a focus on participation, decentralisation and methods and processes for health and environmental impact assessments.  He also completed post-doctoral work at the Regulatory Institutions Network in the Research School Social Sciences, Australian National University, on regulation and governance theory. John was a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Policy working on the regulation and new governance arrangements of acute English hospitals. 

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Mon 03 Aug 2020 -
Fri 04 Sep 2020
Expert: John Wright
  • 3-5 August and 3-4 September 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus
  • On-campus
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