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LB5243 - State Society and Governance

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

Public governance involves governments and societal interests attempting to resolve problems in the pursuit of collective goals. This subject critically interrogates state-led and society-led theories of governance. It investigates state-societal relationships in developing a robust framework for exploring governance processes and outcomes and addressing the issue of what constitutes "good" governance. The subject is designed to cater to a wide variety of student interests in different governance domains at different levels of government in the tropics and Asia Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically review and synthesize competing governance theories to develop a comprehensive framework for analyzing public governance issues;
  • Generate original knowledge by applying this framework to analysing complex governance issues and reflecting and applying notions of good governance;
  • Develop creative and effective communication strategies to effectively share knowledge, skills, ideas, and new research insights to relevant audiences;
  • Demonstrate a systematic investigation and critical understanding of governance concepts and theories in state led and societal organisations.

Subject Assessment

  • quizzes or tests (30%)
  • discussion forums (30%)
  • group assignments (40%).
Prerequisites: NILEntry into Masters level degree
Corequisites: N/A


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Townsville, Intensive, Study Period 7
Census Date 09-Jul-2020
Face to face teaching (6pm-9pm Monday 6, 9am-5pm Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 July; 6pm-9pm Monday 13, 9am-5pm Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 July 2020)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours workshops/Seminars - Lecturer directed activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.