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ALR782 - Public Affairs and Opinion Formation

Unit details

Year2015 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.


1.  Online Quiz 10 questions 10%
2.  Recorded online discussion or wiki discussion 10% (either)
3.  1,500 Word Essay 30%
4.  Major Project 2,000 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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