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Understanding Governance PG (9685.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 6
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis



    The unit provides participants with a critical introduction to a specialist sub-field of Political Science - Governance. It covers contemporary issues and problems in Governance and aims to deepen participants' knowledge of the theory and practice of governing modern organisations in the 21st century. The unit aims to provide students with broad sweep knowledge of a range of approaches to the study of Public Administration and contemporary Governance; an in-depth knowledge of selected theories; and an ability to provide a critical appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of such theories. These theories were selected because of their direct relevance for developing an understanding of public organisational behaviour. This is an important step in enabling participants to develop specialist theoretical and empirical knowledge of the environmental context of public policy making.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate: An understanding of competing theorisations of governance;

    2. Knowledge of governance in a federation;

    3. An expertise of critical governance issues within public policy and their inter-relationships;

    4. A grasp of the domestic and international institutional and organisational contexts which shape the character of contemporary governance; and

    5. Skills of critical reflection and communication.

    Contact Hours

    6 full days (9am to 5pm) spread over 10 weeks.


    8556, Public Administration G;
    6260 Managing Government Finance G;
    6268 Public Policy Analysis G;
    6426 Special Topics in Business and Government PG



    Assumed Knowledge

    It is normally expected that students will hold a Bachelor's degree in a cognate subject or possess relevant practical experience in a cognate profession.

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