• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Law, Sociology, Asia Pacific Studies, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Belinda Townsend
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate together in the same class.

This course provides a survey of influential social thought and its applications to the study of governance. It focuses on the use of different ideas, analytical frameworks and paradigms to examine social phenomena related to governance. Students will learn about foundational and contemporary theories as well as how social scientists have applied and refined theoretical concepts through empirical inquiry. In addition, this course aids in developing critical reading and analytical skills necessary for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement. To do so, it requires students to read written texts, engage on-line resources and participate in structured peer-learning activities. Two sections comprise the course. The first part focuses on social thought in a broad sense by critically examining ideas that are considered integral to the development of the social sciences. The second part examines specific advances in social theory and its applications in domains of governance and regulation. 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. Communicate knowledge about a range of ideas that inform historical and contemporary approaches and debates in the social sciences.
  2. Analyse and compare concepts used in a range of social theories.
  3. Apply established concepts from a number of different schools of social thought to understand new ideas in an area of regulation, justice or governance.
  4. Choose and argue a case for the utility and limitations of a particular social theory in relation to a given research problem

Indicative Assessment

  1. This course will be graded, with students required to pass each assessment item in order to receive a passing or above mark for the course. (null) [LO null]
  2. In-class participation and electronic submission of two questions for each session a day prior to class (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. 1,000 words precis on a selected reading with an in-class presentation of 10-15 minutes (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Research and writing plan and outline for major essay - 1000 words (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  5. Major essay - 3000 words (40) [LO 2,3,4]

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This course will require 30 contact hours and 130 hours workload in total.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3434 18 Apr 2022 29 Apr 2022 29 Apr 2022 17 Jun 2022 In Person N/A

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