Science, Technology and Public Policy

Postgraduate students can enrol in Science, Technology and Public Policy via ISIS.

Science and technology (S&T) affect—and insights rooted in understanding of S&T therefore are germane to formulating policy about—practically every issue on the agenda of governments: the economy, public health, education, energy, agriculture, environment, defence, diplomacy, and more.

Science, Technology and Public Policy

Australia is no less in need of understanding the interactions of science and technology with policy. This understanding includes the evidence S&T can provide to underpin policy, and the areas where science and technology could influence the directions of Australia in the absence of effective policy.

This course provides a comprehensive approach to exploring the interactions between science, technology and public policy across a suite of policy areas. It is built on a novel teaching collaboration between two ANU Colleges (Asia and the Pacific; and Science), bringing together expertise from the Crawford School of Public Policy and the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS).

The course will be interactive, and every session will use policy experts along with academic staff to ensure relevance and depth in the analyses. Vice-Chancellor’s course participants will mix with other students enrolled in Masters courses and public servants taking the course for career development. This will give all participants access to a wide range of knowledge, experience and viewpoints. The course can be taken as one or two 6-unit courses; one in Semester 1 2019 and the other in Semester 2. At the moment it is envisaged that Semester 2 cannot be taken without completing Semester 1. Semester 1 will consist of 5 full-day workshops and a final half-day workshop. These days (all Fridays) will be spread throughout March, April and May in 2019. Days 2-5 will be intensive case studies co-convened by an Australian Public Service Department and the ANU. Day 1 will be an introductory session covering issues likely to cut across all case studies. The final half-day will be a synthesis workshop.


For more information about Science, Technology and Public Policy, contact:

A/Prof Sujatha Raman
Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
ANU College of Science

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