LAWS5260 Intersections of Law, Policy and Government

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit explores three major themes concerning the intersections between law, policy and governance. First, it provides an overview of major theories and contexts of governance; the concept of ‘good governance'; key issues and debates associated with the law and governance; and contrasts governance with government and regulation. Second, it explores the evolution and translation of policy into law, the differences and relationships between policy and law, how they are formed and who forms them, how law, policy, government and governance all intersect, and the often contesting interests and stakeholders involved in this mix. Third, the unit examines the pragmatic intricacies of statutory law formation and reform, including through the work of government policy officers, Parliamentary committees and law reform agencies.
Students are able to (1) describe contexts and concepts of governance and its relationship to government and regulation
; (2) critique key issues and debates associated with the law and governance; (3) describe the major pathways from policy to law; (4) analyse the differences and relationships between law, policy, government and governance; (5) analyse the processes of statutory law formation and reform; and (6) create persuasive arguments through written and oral work.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) workshop participation and presentation; and (3) reflective journal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon
Unit rules
For Master of Public Policy
Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Contact hours
Equivalent of 5 days intensive teaching in blended mode with recorded lectures and face to face workshops.
This unit is taught in a blended mode, and students will need to complete some online learning tasks prior to attending the face-to-face workshop sessions.
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