• Class Number 3589
  • Term Code 3140
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Christian Downie
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 15/03/2021
  • Class End Date 23/05/2021
  • Census Date 02/04/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 22/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

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. This course includes PhD and Masters students in the same class.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recall and apply classic and contemporary theories of regulation and governance.
  2. Identify the development of regulatory regimes across a range of domains.
  3. Describe the advantages and limits of a variety of regulatory instruments and concepts.
  4. Interpret and communicate new insights on regulatory regimes and instruments.
  5. Discuss future directions for regulation and governance in domestic, global, and transnational contexts.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Day 1: Introduction to Regulation and Governance
2 Day 2: Compliance and Defiance
3 Day 3: From Government to Governance to Global Governance
4 Day 4: Global Governance: Case studies in energy and climate change
5 Day 5: Regulatory approaches to governance
6 Day 6: Globalisation of Regulation
7 Day 7: Regulatory Instruments and Architectures
8 Day 8: Towards Regulatory Excellence
9 Day 9: Regulation of Business
10 Day 10: Regulation of Disruptive Technology
11 Day 11: Governing Systems
12 Day 12: Complex adaptive systems and course reflections

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date
In-class participation and preparation of two questions for each session 10 % 01/07/2021
Leading one in-class discussion, including a 1,500-word precis on relevant readings 30 % 01/07/2021
Research and writing plan and outline for major essay 20 % 06/04/2021
3,000-word essay on the use of regulatory and governance scholarship to analyse a social problem 40 % 17/05/2021

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

In-class participation and preparation of two questions for each session

Participants will prepare two questions for each session. Questions should be submitted on the Wattle Course website. Entries should be made by Midday of the day of the session to which the questions relate.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Leading one in-class discussion, including a 1,500-word precis on relevant readings

Participants will lead one in-class discussion on the prescribed readings (approx 10-15 minutes). Each participant will be assigned a reading by the Course Convenor. A 1,500 word précis on the required readings for that day needs to be submitted to the course convenor before 8am on the day of the in-class discussion.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Research and writing plan and outline for major essay

Participants will prepare a 1,000 word (max) writing plan for the major essay, which will set out the structure of the essay and preview the argument. Each participant will have the opportunity to participate in an in-class peer review of the writing plan. The writing plan needs to be submitted to the course convenor by 8am on Tuesday the 6th April and a printed version needs to brought to class on the same day.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 17/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

3,000-word essay on the use of regulatory and governance scholarship to analyse a social problem

Participants will submit a research essay. The essay should be 3,000 words (including footnotes and appendices; but excluding references/bibliography). The essay must be submitted by Monday 17 May 2021, 5.00pm. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions (including weekends).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Christian Downie

Research Interests

 Global energy policy

• Global climate change policy

• US energy policy

• The G20

• Business actors and clean energy transitions

AsPr Christian Downie

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