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ALR782 - Public Affairs and Opinion Formation

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Mackey


Incompatible with: ALR383
Contact hours:

Campus mode: 

1 x 2 hour Class per week in weeks 1, 2 and 10

1 x 4 hour Class per week in weeks 3, 5, 7 and 9

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Topics to be addressed include:

  • Theories of public opinion formation
  • Structures of government in Australia
  • Government policy formation processes
  • Lobbying, government relations and public affairs activities
  • Peak industry bodies and their activities
  • NGOs and their activities - the 'third sector'
  • Think tanks and their activities
  • Political communication
  • The role of media in opinion formation
  • Trends in public participation in policy formation
  • Trends is public concerns over risk, the environment, and political literacy
  • The ethics of influencing public opinion
  • Comparing Australian public opinion processes globally.


Online Quiz 10 questions 10%

Recorded online discussion or wiki discussion 10% (either)

1500 Word Essay 30%

Major Project 2,000 words 50%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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