Communication and Governance

Subject POLS40003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week. If enrolments exceed 30, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate certificate/ diploma or fourth-year honours in political science, sociology, international politics, public policy and management or the Master of Public Policy and Management, or Master of Social Policy.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies or Sociology at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-413 Network Society
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Michael Crozier


Dr. Michael Crozier

Subject Overview:

This subject critically investigates the changing forms of governance in democratic polities in the wake of the informational age. Using communication as a central analytical category, the subject considers how democratic political systems are coping with increasing societal dynamism, diversity and complexity. It explores and critically examines the proposition that contemporary governance is essentially a communications challenge. The types of issues covered include the impact of information dynamics on political and social patterns, the proliferation of strategic communication practices, democratic deficits and public consultation, and leadership as crisis management. On completion of this subject students should have a critical understanding of key configurations of contemporary governance as communication.

  • have acquired a critical understanding of contemporary governance systems.
  • have a fundamental grasp of key problems in theories of informational society.
  • have an appreciation of the role of communication in social organization.
  • have developed the basic analytical skills to evaluate differing theoretical perspectives.
  • have a good familiarity with differing research approaches to political and social inquiry.
Assessment: A research essay proposal of 500 words (10%) due mid-semester, and a research essay of 4500 words (90%) due in the examination period.
Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry.
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic.
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: International Politics
International Politics
International Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science
Public Policy and Management
Public Policy and Management

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