Government Business Relations - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Essay (40%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

The course explores the impact that government and business have on one another in a national and international context. It asks what consequences these relationships have for both government and business, particularly in the context of the aftermath of the global financial crisis. It offers insights into how government policies and practices affect business and how business influences and relates to government. At the heart of this course lies the issue of government intervention in business in Australia and elsewhere around the world.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to identify key political institutions and understand how they impact on business and society.
  2. Have a basic understanding of politics and current events in an international context.
  3. Critically analyse government business relations.
  4. Compare Australia’s system of government business relations with those in other countries.
  5. Display an understanding of some of the key policy issues confronting business including the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
  6. Demonstrate competence in a range of generic skills required for academic study which include the following: critical thinking skills, ability to critically analyse data, problem-solving skills, ability to argue in an articulate and concise manner, self-management skills, improved teamwork abilities, the ability to develop an argument and structure a response to questions and improved written expression skills.
  • Assignment 1 — Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Constitutions, Executive government
3Political parties and interest groups
4Patterns of Government Business Relations
5Government Business Relations in Australia
6Government Business Relations in USA
7Government Business Relations in Europe
8Government Business Relations in Asia
9Government Business and Regulation
10Government Business and Corporate Social Responsibility
11Government Business and Environment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Business & Government in Volatile Times + Politics for

    By:Van Acker

    ISBN: 9781486095841


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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