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Unit convenor and teaching staff
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units)
This unit introduces students to contemporary debates about how public policy problems are addressed. It does this by tracing the change from government to governance and considers the range of policy instruments now regularly used to respond to policy problems. This includes, for example, the use of market based solutions in a range of policy areas. Students are also introduced to key actors and institutions, as well as to relevant theories for analysing public policy.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.
Assignment Submission All written assignments must be submitted using the “Turnitin Assignments” facility on the iLearn website. This facility includes software which scans the uploaded assignments for plagiarism. Follow the instructions on the screen carefully. Your assignment should be uploaded before midnight on the due date. In all cases, you should ensure that you keep a copy of the assignment.
Return of marked work Marked assignments will be returned via the same facility on iLearn. When marks are released, you will need to go back in to the assignment submission box, and open your uploaded assignment. When you click on the “GradeMark” button, you will be able to see the marker’s comments on your work. You can save or print the essay with the comments.
The take-home exam will include questions on the entire content of the unit and will be made available on iLearn.
The essay provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest in depth. Students should develop a considered answer to a specific question based on reading a range of sources.
The tutorials provide an opportunity to make connections between the broad principles and theories covered in lectures and contemporary political issues and events
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Weekly classes involve a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial.
There are a range of journal articles and chapters that are required reading. These will be listed on iLearn and available via Leganto.
The required text for this unit is Maddison, S. & Dennis, R. 2013. An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice, Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
The Leganto block on the unit’s iLearn website provides a link to the 2009 ebook version, but having a copy of the 2013 book would be best as key readings for the majority of the weeks come from this.
Where to buy the textbook
The remaining set readings are available through the Leganto block on this iLearn site.
Technology used and required
All enrolled students have access to the POIR2070 website via iLearn. iLearn will provide access to lectures (powerpoint presentations for download and recordings through the University's Echo lecture recording facility) as well as readings, links and forum discussions. Regular access to iLearn is required in order to complete the unit.
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