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This subject examines contemporary issues in governance in Australia and internationally. The subject critically examines both traditional and emerging governance models that have dominated recent public sector reform efforts in many parts of the world. The subject focuses on the implications of these changes for the effectiveness, accountability and legitimacy of contemporary democratic governance. The subject will combine theoretical work regarding the nature of contemporary governance with studies of current debates around specific governance initiatives. The subject will look at a range of governance models operating in contemporary society and the implications of emergent governance models for politicians, public officials, non-governmental actors and citizens and the relationship(s) between global influences and emerging governance frameworks.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- Identify, compare and explain major traditions, trends, challenges and reforms in contemporary political debates and governance systems
- Critically select and employ appropriate research methods and techniques based on rigorous analysis
- Demonstrate mastery of the latest scholarship in studies of governance
- Comfortably and assuredly work with complexity in terms of information to creatively and expertly distinguish between different dilemmas and opportunities
- Assemble and critique case studies
- Improve governance systems by drawing upon best practice
- Execute a governance research project both independently and within groups
Students who successfully complete this subject should have:
- in‐depth knowledge of the disciplines of political science and policy and administration, and the ability to examine governance, policy and public sector reform issues from other disciplinary perspectives.
- critical and strong reasoning skills, and creativity in applying theory and research methods to complex practical problems across diverse contexts.
- effective oral and written communication skills.
- an advanced appreciation of the Asian and Pacific regions, including Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values and sustainable futures.
- autonomy, self‐motivation, self‐direction and outstanding organisational skills to set goals and manage time and priorities.
- skills in self‐assessment, self‐awareness, reflective and lifelong learning, with an overriding commitment to personal and professional integrity.
Last updated: 6 December 2019