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AIP703 - Political Values and Public Policy


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Geoff Robinson




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


A range of ideological traditions shape contemporary public policy: classical ideologies of liberalism, socialism and conservatism underpin institutions such as the market economy, the welfare state and nationalism. Newer ideologies with a focus on personal authenticity and meaning such as feminism, political religion and multiculturalism have informed public policy since the 1970s. Public policy reflects both these traditions and the tensions within them: is feminism about equality or difference, does liberalism imply the right to espouse illiberal views, is sustainable economic growth an oxymoron, can governments foster social cohesion? The unit considers classic thinkers but also contemporary policy intellectuals and politicians together with forms of governmentality such as human rights commissions and carbon pricing. The unit will consider particular areas of policy debate such as: environmental sustainability, the rise of ‘rights culture’, social cohesion/antiterrorism and income redistribution/welfare dependence. The benefits of this proposed unit will include helping policy practitioners to better locate their work experiences in longer-term and broader philosophical debates.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an advanced understanding of key contested concepts in political practice such as equality, freedom and identity

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the significance of ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism and multiculturalism for Australian political practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on the role of evidence in the formation of public policy

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on the role of policy workers within a Westminster system

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay

2000 words 40% Week 7
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay 3000 words 60% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIP703 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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