• Offered by Regulatory Institutions Network Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Social Research, Management, Criminology

The course will help students understand the nature of regulation and governance in complex social environments. It examines the work of leading regulatory scholars and considers how their theoretical insights could be applied in practical settings. Case studies are drawn from a broad range of regulatory arenas, including public health, commerce, crime, environmental and climate change, human rights and development. The course will also consider the challenges of regulation and governance in a globalising world. Students receive the opportunity to examine and synthesise relevant issues of regulation and governance through a short presentation of a case study. They will also engage with concepts and applied debates through in class activities and a final essay.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:

1. Recall and apply classic and contemporary theories of regulation and governance.
2. Be able to locate and observe the development of regulatory regimes across a range of domains.
3. Predict and imagine the limits of a variety of regulatory instruments and concepts.
4. Have refined oral communication skills to interpret and transmit new insights on regulatory regimes and instruments.
5. Be able to infer future directions for regulation and governance in domestic, global, and transnational contexts.

Indicative Assessment

This course will be assessed pass/fail, with students required to pass each assessment item in order to receive a passing mark for the course.

- 10%: In-class participation and preparation of two questions for each session
- 10%: Preparation of two targeted questions for guest speakers
- 25%: Leading one in-class discussion, including a 1000-word précis on relevant readings
- 30%: In-class presentation summarising a regulatory approach or concept
- 30%: 3,000-word essay on the use of regulatory and governance scholarship to analyse a social problem

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The course is designed as an intensive learning experience over 3 weeks. There are two sessions per week, which are divided into two two-hour blocks. Students should expect to commit approximately 16 hours of study per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Regulatory Institutions Network Program to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Drahos, P, ed. 2015. Regulation, Institutions and Networks. Canberra: ANU Press.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1845 07 Mar 2016 18 Mar 2016 18 Mar 2016 29 Apr 2016 In Person N/A

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