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Semester 2 - Dual-Delivery
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This subject examines how policy is made at both the domestic and global levels. We will explore key actors in policymaking, the factors and sources of information that they consider, the obstacles they confront, and the strategies and techniques they bring to bear to move policy forward. We will examine how governments and international organizations set agendas, formulate policy, engage stakeholders, and implement and evaluate policy. As well as a practical focus on government policymakers, this subject will also expose students to the roles and influence of non-governmental organizations, corporate actors, and other subnational stakeholder in domestic and global policymaking.
We will explore issues in practical policymaking through a series of case studies. This subject is unique in that it features senior guest lecturers from government, civil society, and the private sector, with past guests including foreign affairs ministers, senior diplomats, and more. Case studies and specific issues each year may include, among others:
- The evolution of economic diplomacy, including international efforts to manage the global economy through the G20.
- Global policy coordination and the domestic determinants of policy to address climate change and biodiversity protection.
- Multilateral arms control efforts, including those relating to nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.
- The role of subnational actors in global policymaking, including nongovernmental organizations, corporations, the news media, and others.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to:
- Have developed a better understanding of the way in which real-world international policymakers act; and the elements that inform decision-making;
- Have developed an understanding of the practical dynamics of foreign and trade policymaking and implementation and international norm-building;
- Have a better understanding of the roles of different actors and agencies in Australian foreign and trade policymaking, and
- Have developed some of the key skills needed to be effective international policymakers.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- apply research skills and critical methods in developing persuasive arguments on a given topic;
- communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately;
- write professionally in a variety of governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental policymaking contexts.
Last updated: 29 July 2022