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Comparative Governance and Public Administration (SWM651)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This Unit focuses on international and comparative approaches to public administration and governance. The Unit beings with a review of public administration history from its earliest days to its more modern link to international development. The second third of the Unit focuses on the key concepts and debates with influence over public administration in multiple societies including structural adjustment, privatization, civil service reform, public financial management, good governance, judicial reform, corruption, and participatory methods, among others.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
LO1. Situate the study of governance and public administration in a broader comparative framework.
LO2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts of good governance reforms within international development;
LO3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory- and practice-based debates and their evolution within the international development arena since the 1980s. The debates include structural adjustment, privatisation, civil service reform, public financial management, 'good governance', judicial reform, anti-corruption, and participatory practice.
LO4. Demonstrate skills of critical analysis, collaborative practice, communication and professionalism
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures and tutorials/on-line discussions are held over six weeks. Students will complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff. 24 hours total contact time.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit consists of structured timetable learning via weekly lectures from the unit coordinator and tutorials (which include group exercises). Case studies will focus on the rise of public sector management as a field and practice, using the evolution of these concepts to understand their importance today.
Assessment 1. Policy Memo (1800 words), 30% -- Internal and External Students; 2. Analytical Essay (1200 words), 20% -- Internal and External Students; 3. Final Exam, 35% -- Internal and External Students; 4. Discussion Forum/Participation, 15% -- Internal and External Students
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (GradCertPAdmin)
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Kim Moloney
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6044
e: k.moloney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Kim Moloney
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6044
e: k.moloney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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