This course comprises a supervised research project supported and complemented by class and supervisory discussions. It is designed for those of you who have taken Research Methods (POGO8096 or POGO8196) and wish to undertake original research in a selected area of policy and governance. You will identify your own research topic in discussion with the course convenor, and thereafter frame appropriate research questions and hypotheses or propositions, adopt appropriate research methodology, develop an analytical framework, conduct necessary detailed research, and write an academic research paper -- with supervision being provided by a member of staff. The completed paper is expected to make a contribution to relevant policy and governance debates, while also adding to the academic literature on policy and governance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, you will understand:
- the key elements of research in policy and governance, with a keen appreciation of how research and analysis of important issues can inform policy debates and deliberations;
- the importance of integrating relevant theory and practice through the development of appropriate analytical frameworks to guide and inform empirical studies;
- the importance of systematically researched, evidence-based policy development, implementation and evaluation in governance; and
- the way in which the above understandings apply to the policy and governance context addressed by your specific study.
Your understanding will facilitate the development of the following abilities:
Acquisition – an ability to assemble, analyse and adopt policy relevant evidence, and to learn from policy and administrative experience, in a significant governance context.
Application – an ability to use social science methodology, policy analysis techniques, relevant policy instruments, and modern management strategies to address policy problems, to meet policy and administrative challenges, and to deliver public services.
Creativity – an ability to think and act strategically and proactively in the innovative design and achievement of policy and administrative objectives in the present and for the future.
Knowledge base – an ability to develop a comprehensive, meaningful and critical appreciation of how concepts, models and theories assist in making sense of policy and governance.
Communication – an ability to communicate effectively using relevant means, strategies, skills and information of significance to policy and governance.
On campus. Each student is allocated a supervisor for the duration of the project. Students are required to attend group discussion sessions and academic research skills workshops.
Assessment is based on the satisfactory completion of a 10,000 word research paper. Students must also meet a number of milestones during the semester including the submission of a 500-word project proposal and a presentation of findings at the end of semester.
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There are approximately 12 contact hours for group sessions and academic skills workshops plus time spent with individual supervisors. Because this is a research project, students will spend most time working independently. The workload is potentially higher than for a normal 6 point subject.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Distinction or better performance in POGO8096
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