POLIS 7024OL - Political Institutions and Policy-Making
Online - Online Teaching 4 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 7024OL Course Political Institutions and Policy-Making Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Online Teaching 4 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available only to Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security [Online], Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security [Online], Master of Cyber Security [Online] students only 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: Dr Priya Chacko
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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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAll reading and videos for the course can be accessed via MyUni
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Students should expect to spend a minimum of 20-25 hours per week on this course:
Discussions in forums (1-2 hours)
Readings and guided research (4-5 hours)
Weekly Zoom tutorial sessions (1.5-2 hours)
Content-based assessment (10-15 hours) including revision and formative assessment
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1
Political Actors and the Policy Cycle
The Policy Cycle in Action
Policy Case Studies
Writing to Influence and Persuade
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Assessment SummaryAssessment 1: Quizzes
Assessment 2: Policy Case Studies
Assessment 3: Writing a Policy Brief
Assessment DetailQuizzes - tests understanding of course material
Policy case studies - tests ability to conduct a policy analysis of two case studies demonstrating. You must demonstrate understanding of the political, economic and social contexts of policy making.
Policy brief - tests ability perform policy analysis and make policy recommendations on an issue related to cyber-security policy.
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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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