2020 unit information
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
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
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
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay
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.
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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