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Challenges to Governance HPP403



Unit offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers


`Government` as a set of institutions is no longer synonymous with `government` as a process. As a result, the term 'governance' is increasingly used to account for a growing number of situations where governance occurs without government. The reasons for this reflect not only a shift in the boundaries of the State, and a `hollowing out` of government, but fundamental shifts in the competences of different levels of government, as local and global forces both undermine and overlay the capacity of nation-states in some areas, but strengthen the hand of nation-states in others. The increasing importance of non-governmental actors further complicates this picture.

Added to this institutional complexity, the complexity of issues such as global trade and investment, climate change and other environmental risks, and reactions by those threatened or disadvantaged by these developments pose an interesting set of challenges for governance. This subject will explore selected aspects of these issues.


Unit name Challenges to Governance
Unit code HPP403
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Prof Aynsley Kellow

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $1,587.00 2017: $3,806.00 090101

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Major with GPA of 6.5 or higher for honours entry, OR admission into R5R, R6R, R7R, R5M, R6M or R7M or C7W

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Teaching Pattern

2-hr seminar weekly (13 wks)


Off Campus:     Online seminar participation (20%); 1500-word discussion paper/short essay (20%); 1000-word research essay outline (10%); 3500-word research essay (50%)

On Campus:   Seminar participation (20%); 1500-word discussion paper/short essay (20%); 1000-word research essay outline (10%); 3500-word research essay (50%)

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