- Code SOCY8004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Sociology
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
Interest groups are organisations that involve themselves in activities aimed to shape, develop and implement public policy. For some, groups are actors that undermine policy being developed and implemented in the public interest. Yet, for others, groups are viewed as important agents able to buttress the state's capacity to govern. This course examines the contemporary role of interest groups in the policy process against this fundamental debate in policy studies. Using a range of examples from Australia and beyond, the course probes the way groups form, how they sustain their organisations, the various ways in which they engage in public policy and their effectiveness. The course also considers other actors in the policy system, such as lobbyists and think tanks.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Recognise the strengths and weaknesses of the research literature related to organised interests, interest groups and lobbying
2. Independently apply relevant aspects of these theories and related methods/techniques to identify and investigate empirical policy contexts
3. Critically assess and evaluate the utility of relevant theories and methods introduced as part of the class
4. Produce written analytical work on a research topic connected to the course
5. Orally present, discuss and critique their own ideas, and the ideas of others in a constructive fashion
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be by two items of coursework and one in class presentation:
1. Essay 1 1500 word (35%) (LO 1,2,3,4)
2. Essay 2 2500 word (55%) (LO 1,2,3,4)
3. Presentation (10%) (LO 1,2,3,5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: combination of lectures, workshops and seminars; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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