Advanced Introduction to Policy
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion, a student will be able to:
- Identify, critically analyse and discuss the major debates and controversies involved in issues such inequality, labour market liberalisation, the institutional convergence or divergence of capitalist systems, and the mutual relationship between society and political institutions.
- Engage in independent research showing the ability to build on international scholarship and international examples to address a public policy problem.
- Show competent knowledge of the theoretical literature as well as of the empirical cases covered in the readings.
- Evaluate the quality, validity and reliability of research relating to a specific policy problem.
- Communicate research findings and views accurately and effectively using a variety of techniques (written, spoken, visual).
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
This unit focuses on how policy is made and who makes it. Taking an international perspective, the unit introduces students to the policy process, the state and societal actors that cooperate (and fight) over policy and to the context in which they operate. Students will engage in peer learning, discuss cases studies as well as write on policy issues using the materials and concepts presented in the unit. The topics covered indicatively include: The policy process; policy paradigms, networks, monopolies, cycles, and policy diffusion; the regulatory state; state autonomy and state capture; the reciprocal influence between state and society, with a focus on relationship between social capital and democratic governance; clientelism, its determinants, and its implications for policy-making; the decline of trust in public institutions in advanced democracies
- Participation (10%%)
- Peer learning exercise (20%%)
- Assessment report (50%%)
- Quizzes (20%%)