• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Law, Social Research
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Christian Downie
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2023
    See Future Offerings

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. Analyze critically and reflect on classic and contemporary theories of regulation and governance.
  2. Identify and interpret the development of regulatory regimes across a range of domains.
  3. Describe and debate the advantages and limits of a variety of regulatory instruments and concepts.
  4. Research, apply, and transmit new insights on regulatory regimes and instruments.
  5. Appraise future directions for regulation and governance in domestic, global, and transnational contexts.

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. Leading one in-class discussion including a 1500 word precis on relevant reading(s) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research and writing plan and outline for major essay - 1000 words (nested 1) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Major essay - 3000 words (nested 2) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Drahos, P, ed. 2015. Regulation, Institutions and Networks. Canberra: ANU Press.


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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1540 20 Feb 2023 03 Mar 2023 03 Mar 2023 21 Apr 2023 Online or In Person View

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