POLIS 7024 - Political Institutions and Policy-Making
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 7024 Course Political Institutions and Policy-Making Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description This course provides a general introduction to policy making principles and processes for postgraduate students. the course uses Australia as the main case study but provides comparisons to other states as appropriate. The aim of the course is to provide the political context in which debates about cyber security and other international relations issues takes place. The course utilises a number of approaches to public policy and administration so that students emerge from the course with knowledge about decision-making processes but also the assumptions and constraints which guide those decisions. We cover the main political actors, problem definition, agenda-setting, communication, institutional decision-making, and policy implementation and review.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington
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Course Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the relevant social, historical, economic, ideological and international context and constraints in which policy debates occur and political institutions function.
2. Critically analyse the way in which government policies are formulated and given effect, taking into account political, social and economic factors.
3. Appraise proposals for cultural awareness to be incorporated into public policy processes, including Australian Aboriginal community knowledge and perspectives.
4. Recommend analytically sound arguments for the purpose of influencing contemporary cyber-security policy, drawing on real-world case studies.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3,4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOnline activities to prepare for a face to face tutorial.
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Learning Activities SummaryReading, lectures and tutorial each week.
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment SummaryQuiz 10%
Tutorial Participation 10%
Policy Analysis 40%
Policy Brief 40%
Assessment Related RequirementsNone
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SubmissionSubmission via MyUni
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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