- Code POLS2043
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course involves the study of the impact of pressure groups (aka interest groups) on politics and policy-making in Australia. The role of sectional groups (such as business organisations and trade unions), promotional groups (including the environmental and women's lobbies), and professional independent lobbyists will be examined. The role of think-tanks in public policy is considered, as well as the impact of web-technology for the way groups operate.
This is a research-led course. It places a very strong emphasis on understanding the theories that have guided the interest group field, including some of the old classics. It also requires participants to work with theories to make sense of the empirical world around them, to report findings, and to discuss implications.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Recognise the strengths and weaknesses of the literature related to organized interests, interest groups and lobbying;
2. Independently apply relevant aspects of these theories and related methods/techniques to identify and investigate empirical contexts;
3. Critically assess and evaluate the utility of relevant theories and methods;
4. Produce written analytical work on a research topic; and
5. Orally present, discuss and critique their own ideas and the ideas of others in a constructive fashion.
Two x 2,500 word essays (45% each) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Tutorial work (10%) [Learning Outcome 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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