AIP748 - Intergovernmental Relations

Unit details

Year:

2020 unit information

Important Update:

Scheduled learning activities and assessments may have changed for T1, S1 and other study periods underway in 2020. Currently enrolled students, please check your unit sites from 27 March 2020 for updated information.

Last updated: 26 March 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Geoffrey Robinson
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

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

Note:

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

Content

Federal systems of government such as Australia’s are modern political devices for achieving unity between diverse political communities. Inevitably, intergovernmental relations between the tiers of government in federations are fraught with tensions over the ways in which power and responsibility are shared between them. Globalisation has added to such internal pressures on federations as complex, often entrenched ‘trans-boundary’ policy issues and the pressing needs of local and regional communities. This unit explores the case for reform of the Australian federation in the light of the democratic values and purposes it was supposed to embody. In exploring this case, we also take note of the experiences of other countries.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of federalism, reflecting critically upon approaches, identifying the key tenets along with relative strengths and limitations here

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

ULO2

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the specific features and challenges of intergovernmental relations in Australia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

ULO3

Approach the interpretation of issues relating to reform of Australian federalism in an analytic and reflective way, drawing together conceptual and empirical materials, and communicate findings effectively

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Reflect critically upon how different models or theories can enhance not only our understanding of federalism, but also contribute to our own learning and development experience more broadly

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

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

Assessment

Trimester 1:
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: AIP748 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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