|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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.
Eligibility and requirements
Recommended background knowledge
Political Science and / or Public Policy at Undergraduate level
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
- 2,000-word Case study analysis (20%), Due after Day 2 of classes
- 3,000-word Theoretical review essay (30%), Due after Day 4 of classes
- 5,000-word Governance reform project (50%), Due during the examination period
- Hurdle requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory for all classes and regular class participation is expected.
Quotas apply to this subject
Dates & times
Principal coordinator Kate Macdonald Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours This subject will be offered in both March and August, and delivered as an intensive over 6 days (48 hours). Total time commitment 340 hours Teaching period 8 March 2019 to 18 May 2019 Last self-enrol date 6 February 2019 Census date 29 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 17 May 2019 Assessment period ends 22 June 2019
March contact information
Coordinators Yehudi Blacher and Mark Triffitt Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours This subject will be offered in both March and August, and delivered as an intensive over 6 days (48 hours). Total time commitment 340 hours Teaching period 2 August 2019 to 12 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 25 July 2019 Census date 23 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 11 October 2019 Assessment period ends 16 November 2019
August contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
A quota of 48 students per availability has been set for this subject.
Places will be reserved for students commencing in the 150 point program, and for students who have completed 50 points of a 200 point program.
Any remaining places will be subject to availability. Please see 344AB Master of Public Policy and Management LMS page for further details. Access to this page is granted upon admission to course.
Required readings will be made available electronically via LMS prior to the commencement of the subject's intensive teaching period.
- Subject notesA quota of 48 students per availability has been set for this subject. Places will be reserved for students commencing in the 150 point program, and for students who have completed 50 points of a 200 point program. Any remaining places will be subject to availability. Please see 344AB Master of Public Policy and Management LMS page for further details. Access to this page is granted upon admission to course.