AIP703 - Political Values and Public Policy


2021 unit information

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




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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)

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.

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