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AIP783 - Rethinking Government

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

This unit will be offered in Trimester 1 from 2016.

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:B Isakhan




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Politics and public policy are organised predominantly by states or played out within or between states. The concept of the state is highly contested, yet central to political science, international relations, history and related disciplines. This unit introduces competing theories of the state, including pluralism, elitism, Marxism, and public choice. Some such theories were associated closely with the great ideological conflicts of the 20th century. More recent thinking such as feminism and green theory extend the contestation over the nature of the state. The purpose of this unit is to explore core themes in the state theory literature, with a particular focus on capitalist societies, to consider the debate about the state in the global knowledge-based; to provide opportunities for debates pertaining to such issues with fellow students and teaching staff; and to stimulate thinking and reading beyond this unit.


Worksheets and exercises, equivalent to 1750 words, 35%

Research essay proposal, 750 words, 15%

Research essay, 2500 words, 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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