- Code POLS2009
- 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, Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Maria Maley
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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The course provides an introduction to the study of public administration – in other words, the nature of government, how it is organised, how the political and administrative elements work together, and how it relates to citizens. It will help you understand why certain decisions are made by ministers, where power lies in government, why disasters and government failures occur, why governments sell off public assets and contract out functions, why some issues are considered to be problems and some aren’t, and the shadowy world of political advisers. We look at how fundamental ideas and shifts in the shape of the state are played out everyday in newsfeeds. The course uses case studies as ways of learning about theories and current controversies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the theoretical debates about the nature of government and bureaucracy, including administrative theory and bureaucratic behaviour;
- understand the development of New Public Management, its rationale and implications and its critics;
- understand the concepts of patronage and politicisation and how these relate to fundamental political-administrative traditions;
- understand the emergence of political staff, and their role, influence and impact around the world; and
- demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written communication, research and critical analysis.
- 2,500 word written work (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Final examination (40) [LO 4,5]
- Tutorial participation (5) [LO 5]
- Seminar presentation (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 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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