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This subject examines contemporary issues in governing, the challenges this creates for policy actors, and how they are addressed. It draws on the expertise of prominent academic and practitioner visitors to the Melbourne School of Government and reflects the core research areas of the Melbourne School of Government. Students will have the opportunity to explore these issues through various topics areas under these themes: Governance and Performance; Knowledge and Expertise in Public Policy; Risk, Security and Representation; and Governing Markets.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- understand contemporary challenges in governing in both theory and practice;
- appreciate the connections between various academic disciplines and how this informs theory and practice in governing;
- understand the critical role of policy actors across the corporate, non-government, and government sectors; and
- explore the local, national, regional, and global factors that impact on these policy actors and their environment.
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
- demonstrate proficiency in the application of analysis skills to empirical problems; and
- demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Last updated: 3 November 2022