AIP773 - Governance and Accountability


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: 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 - online

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


Accountability has long been central to theories and practices of effective governance. But, in many countries, traditional ideas of accountability have been challenged, revised and even reinvented, due to fundamental economic, political and social change. Among these transformations has been the shift from economic and physical security to “post-material” concerns such as citizen self-expression and engagement in decision-making. Other new challenges include the rise of social media and conspiracy arguments in political debates. This unit explores how developments such as these have affected governance through constitutions, political parties, public bureaucracies and public-private networks. The management of policy problems is considered within a context of political, legal, fiscal and ethical accountability to diverse stakeholders. A key aim is for students to develop a critical awareness of the complex and at times competing array of accountability relationships at play in governance today, and explore ways to respond effectively, imaginatively and ethically to these demands.

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