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This subject examines contemporary issues in policymaking and governing 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 at the global, national, and local levels, under these themes: Governance and Performance; Knowledge and Expertise in Public Policy; Security and Political Engagement; and Governing Markets.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- 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
- Explore the local, national, regional, and global factors that impact on these policy actors and their environment.
On 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;
- be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of analysis skills to empirical problems;
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Last updated: 6 December 2019