POLITICS, POWER, AND PUBLIC POLICY

POL3CAP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on contemporary Australian public policy, examining the major forces driving policy in a range of different areas, and the implications of this for power in Australia. The subject begins by introducing students to the major theoretical perspectives on power and policy-making, along with the historical and structural factors that shape government in Australia. We then focus in depth on a selection of policy issues that have been central to the political agenda in recent years, including topics such as inequality, welfare reform, industrial relations, environmental policy and media regulation. The aim is to illuminate the power dynamics that are central to understanding politics in Australia, and to give students a deeper understanding of contemporary policy debates. This subject is particularly recommended for students who are planning a career in the media, in government, or in NGOs, and for students who wish to research an Australian topic in their Honours year.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL2CAP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is a third year core for the Politics major.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrescribed reading wil be provided to students electronically.PrescribedPrescribed reading wil be provided to students electronically.Prescribed reading wil be provided to students electronically.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. An understanding of the major theoretical and empirical issues involved in the study of Australian public policy

Activities:
Research paper

02. Write a research paper that demonstrates a broad understanding of the key issues at stake in selected policy areas

Activities:
Research paper; exam

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online activities (equivalent to 100 words)The activities will test students' knowledge of a range of topics covered in the subject.10 01, 02
One mid-semester take-home exam (equivalent to 1400 words in total).This exam will test students' knowledge of a range of topics covered in the subject35 01, 02
Research paper: 2500 wordsThis assignment will require students to research and write an essay on a specific topic related to the subject material.55 01, 02