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LB5243 - State Society and Governance

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
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

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (40%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Critical Analysis - (30%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: NILEntry into Masters level degree
Corequisites: N/A


Trimester 3, External
Census Date 05-Oct-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Stephane Le Queux.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 30 hours online activity - Recordings, online activities and self-directed learning
  • 10 hours online Tutorials - Online Collaborate session
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
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.