Governments, Markets and Communities

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Governments, Markets and Communities

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Government, Marketing

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The rise and fall of political parties and their leaders dominates public perceptions of politics but beneath this ephemeral froth and bubble lies the ongoing work of government. How does government fulfil its promises in a climate of reduced resources and heightened public expectations? This course examines the way in which governments use the public sector to provide vital services to the community and the ideas which underpin that work. The course traces the impact of ideas about the role of government, the exercise of authority and styles of management on public sector organisation and practice. The course sets the transformation of the Australian public sector from an old style bureaucracy into a contract or network state within the broader political environment. It is essential study for anyone considering a career in the public service, consultancy or business.

    Course Introduction
    This course introduces some characteristics of public policy making and public management. It explores how governments make policy and manage public resources to deliver public goods and services. Students will examine public sector institutions and processes which shape the implementation of public policy. They will do so within the context of considering the relationships between governments, markets and communities.

    While the course uses Australia as its case study, students will be encouraged to draw comparisons from experiences overseas. The emphasis will be on making connections between theoretical issues and practical examples drawn from contemporary policy challenges.

    Course Aims
    This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the challenges that confront governments in meeting the aims and aspirations of citizens. How do they delploy the considerable resources at their disposal? How did the different models evolve and what are their strengths and weaknesses? The course also aims to further develop a range of important generic skills in communication, analysis, evaluation, research and problem solving through the utlisation of a range of assessment strategies and provide a strong foundation for further study and future employment.

    The course relates to others in the Bachelor of Government and International Relations by introducing students to the basic framework, issues and arguments in public policy and management. This provides the foundations for undertaking the third year courses (Power and Policy Making, Solving Policy Problems). Its focus differs considerably from that of Australian Politics. While Australian Politics is essentially concerned with the formal institutions and dynamics of democracy, this course concentrates on the way that these impulses are translated into practical outcomes. Hence, it gives students the capacity to engage with both the theoretical and practical elements of later courses. As in other public policy courses, the course builds on the skills developed in introductory courses with a focus on analysis and effective communication.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1.understand the challenges and opportunities in the making of public policy;

    2.develop a working understanding of the key concepts and trends in policy formation, public management and service delivery;

    3.gain an appreciation of ethical and practical issues that confront governments in the development and implementation of public policies;

    4.better locate, analyse and critically evaluate evidence and argument; up a capacity to construct and defend reasoned arguments, in both oral and written form

    Assessment Summary
    Guiding discussion-Weighted 10%/10
    Presentation-Weighted 20%/20
    Research Essay-Weighted 40%/40
    End of Semester Exam-Weighted 30%/30

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.