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Governance and Social Policy (PPMN90044)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePPMN90044
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with a series of critical approaches to the study of social policy and governance in modern societies. The subject bridges theories from sociology, political economy and criminology to develop students' capacity to provide a holistic analysis of the policies surrounding social issues in modern societies in the light of global socio-economic changes. The subject will help students to understand and examine the potential contradictions that state interventions and law implementation have for specific socio-demographic groups. In addition, the subject aims to enhance students' ability for critical and independent thinking about contemporary policy concerns.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should have:

• an understanding of a series of critical theoretical approaches to the study of social policy and governance in modern societies;

• the ability to apply certain theoretical perspectives to a variety of policy issues;

• enhanced ability to critically assess current policy issues with respect to political processes and social outcomes

• developed their skills in a range of cross-cutting and transferable skills' areas, including: critically analysing evidence and using this to develop and support a line of argument; presenting information visually and orally; engaging in group discussion; cooperating in team work and team assessment; commenting on public debates; communicating with different audiences; searching for academic literature and writing an extended essay

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject students should:

• be able demonstrate critical thinking and analytic skills, through research and written communication;

• be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, both orally and in writing;

• be able to display awareness and understanding of the social, ethical and cultural contexts of research and of our place as researchers.

Eligibility and requirements





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


Additional details

  • A reflective essay of 1500 words (30%) due mid-semester.
  • A research essay of 3500 words (70%) due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorLiz Dean
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 contact hours: A 2-hour seminar per week over 12 weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

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

  • 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

Last updated: 11 May 2019