POLS5505 Regulation and Governance

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Political Science and International Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit introduces students to the theory and practice of regulation and governance, with the differing approaches to understanding how and why the role of governments has changed in recent decades situated in analysis of a range of cases from across the globe. The unit examines the increasing diversity of new modes of governance including those informed by social psychology and behavioural economics, decentralisation and public private partnerships (PPPs). It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of why new modes of regulation and governance have emerged, their differing forms and their political impacts. Students critically engage with a range of cases, which may include Australia's waste and recycling crisis, the regulation of asbestos, the management of parental vaccine refusal and public private partnerships in the Australian infrastructure and service sectors.
Students are able to (1) understand differing theoretical approaches to conceptualising the increasing prevalence of new modes of regulation and governance; (2) describe the form and function of differing types of new modes of regulation and governance; (3) critically evaluate debates in the media as they relate to new modes of regulation and governance, and their distributional and representational impacts; and (4) research, develop and deliver critical analyses of the emergence and function of new modes of regulation and governance.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation; (2) analytical assignment; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Katie Attwell
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
undergraduate major in Political Science or closely related field
Contact hours
seminar classes: 6 X 3 hour weekly interactive workshops
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