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AZA2016: Public policy-making

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

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Ms Busisiwe Khaba


South Africa

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


AZA1010 and AZA1011


The unit examines the nature, sources, types, and characteristics of public policies and explains the complexity of public policy-making. It covers key areas such as the policy-making models, the policy environment and the intersection of policy with politics, as well as the institutional and structural dimensions of the national policy-making process.


Upon successful completion of the unit the student will be able to:

  1. describe and explain the policy-making process;
  2. understand the policy environment and how it affects policy outcomes;
  3. identify different actors and their role in any policy-making process;
  4. engage in independent research and reading and demonstrate understanding of subject matter in class and tutorial discussions and written assignments;
  5. successfully undertake a variety of research and written tasks;
  6. demonstrate improved oral and written communication skills in relation to the analysis and explanation of ideas and the development of an argument.


Within semester assessment: 60%

Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Victoria Graham

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Political studies – South Africa