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AIP746 - Challenges to Democratic Governance


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), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Benjamin Isakhan




Incompatible with: AIP446
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


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit introduces students to the challenges of governance in modern politics, approaching this through different theoretical approaches to democracy advocated for local, national, regional and transnational levels of politics. Governance will be considered in relation to the issues arising from the fields of:

  • Public policy and administration
  • International and transnational politics and comparative politics

Attention is directed to debates over the criteria of good governance to be found in theories of democracy and neoliberalism, together with the challenges posed by neoliberal ideas of the state and economy. In this way, the unit also offers an introduction to democratic politics more broadly


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of issues of governance, models of democracy and explanations of democratisation

Analyse statements about governance, democracy and democratisation and debate the merits of various views about governance, democracy and democratisation

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate an ability to evaluate, gather, organise, and use various forms of evidence to explain various aspects of different cases of democratic governance

Compile and evaluate evidence relevant to the processes of democratic governance and decide how far a particular case exhibits these processes

GLO5: Problem solving


Evaluate different models of democracy and different explanations of democratisation

Dispute various positions and develop arguments in ongoing debates about democratic governance

GLO4: Critical thinking


Communicate effectively in oral and written work

Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of political science and apply them to real-world contexts, and do this in a range of formats for a range of readers

GLO2: Communication

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% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay 3000 words 60% Information not yet available

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: AIP746 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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