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Regional Governance (PADM90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePADM90012
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

How can governments across the Indo-Pacific region cooperate to address mutual challenges? This subject examines how a regional governance framework helps us to formulate and implement responses to regional problems, such as transnational crime, environmental degradation, and response to natural disasters. We explore diverse approaches to public policy and administration from across the region, and the tensions which sometimes arise among them. For example, we consider how to strike a balance between rules-based governance (relying on international law, norms and rules) and relations-based governance (e.g. the ‘ASEAN Way’). We will hear from guest speakers in the public, university and not-for-profit sectors and consider how governments coordinate and implement policy responses to major regional challenges. This subject will be useful to students who work on issues relating to the Indo-Pacific region or those who are generally interested in how to address regional issues which, by their very nature, cannot be confined to a single country.


  • Key concepts and debates: What is regional governance, and what does it mean to consider a regional governance framework in addressing regional challenges? What are the key regional challenges faced by Australia and its neighbours in the Indo-Pacific region today? What can we learn from exploring diverse approaches to public policy and administration from across the region?
  • Key actors and institutions: We will examine the roles of actors including governments at federal, state, and local levels across the region; bilateral and multilateral agreements among countries, including at the sub-state level; regional governmental organisations and forums; transnational corporations, banking and finance groups; and transnational nongovernmental organisations engaged in humanitarian efforts.
  • Key issues and case studies: Case studies may include statelessness and movement of people; environmental initiatives; disaster relief; approaches to transnational crime; and regional economic integration and crisis. Students are encouraged to focus in assessment on case studies of interest and relevance to them.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Recognise the key concepts, debates, actors and institutions in regional governance;
  • Engage with regional governance frameworks in a way which has various practical applications;
  • Build knowledge of key regional governance challenges and the skills to address them; and
  • Recognise the connections between local, national, regional and international governance in ways which are useful to the study of public administration and policy.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • The ability to critically analyse and evaluate competing perspectives, with reference to a wide range of sources;
  • A high-level ability to combine theory and practice in a meaningful way in order to analyse contemporary issues of public policy and administration in the regional context;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills necessary to a range of professional activities including policy briefs, report writing, and workplace discussions;
  • Flexible communication skills with a highly attuned sensitivity to a diverse audience, and to the issues specific to cross-cultural communication; and
  • The ability to draw upon an extensive repertoire of advanced professional skills, in particular in decision-making, providing advice and collaborating across sectors.

Eligibility and requirements


Please note: to enrol in this subjects students must be enrolled in a masters-level course in the Melbourne School of Government, or its partner Faculties



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Group presentation (20%) on focusing on a key regional governance issue, delivered during the teaching period
  • One 1,000 word briefing paper (20%) related to (and drawing on feedback from) the group presentation, due one week after the teaching period
  • One 3,000 word paper (60%) providing an in-depth analysis of a key regional governance issue, due four weeks after the teaching period

  • Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 100% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected

Dates & times

  • May
    Principal coordinatorAvery Poole
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours35 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date 3 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents will be required to access the LMS and the readings provided during the pre-teachingn period.
    Teaching period 1 May 2019 to 7 May 2019
    Last self-enrol date 8 April 2019
    Census date 1 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends 4 June 2019

    May contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Additional delivery details

Please note that this subject is delivered as an intensive and will run from 9am until 5pm on the scheduled days

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of the subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 November 2018