• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Law, Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Belinda Townsend
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2023
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This course provides the theoretical building blocks for research projects in the study of regulation and governance. It focuses on core concepts and frameworks that can be used to understand, unpack and interrogate regulatory and governance puzzles. Students will learn about foundational and contemporary theoretical concepts as well how social scientists apply and refine these 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. The course focuses on social thought in a broad sense by critically examining ideas that are considered integral to the development of the social sciences, as well as specific advances in social theory and its applications in domains of governance and regulation. This course includes PhD, Masters and Graduate Certificate 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. Develop an understanding of core concepts used in a range of social theories.
  3. Apply established concepts from a number of different schools of social thought to regulation, justice or governance.
  4. Evaluate the utility and limitations of social theory in relation to a regulatory or governance puzzle.
  5. Critically interpret key ideas from influential paradigms of social theory.

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. 1,000 words precis on a selected reading with an in-class presentation of 10-15 minutes (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Online exercises (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Research and writing plan and outline for major essay - 1000 words (nested 1) (20) [LO 2,3]
  5. Research essay - 3000 words (nested 2) (40) [LO 2,3]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3416 17 Apr 2023 28 Apr 2023 28 Apr 2023 17 Jun 2023 Online or In Person View

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