Focuses on Australian local government, including its international context, history and current position. Explores the challenges currently facing local government with cutbacks in government expenditure, local government reform, intergovernmental relationships and community expectations. Provides an opportunity for students to understand the complexity of local government in Australia and to explore the ways in which local governments and local communities can address the challenges confronting them.
- The history, structure, responsibilities and global context of local government
- Local government's role in our liberal-democratic system of representative government
- Contemporary local government issues and challenges
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate an understanding of the history, scope and nature of local government, and of how intergovernmental relationships influence local government activity||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||evaluate the effectiveness of local government in carrying out its roles and responsibilities||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||evaluate local government as a sphere of representative government and democracy in Australia||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||utilise online research and retrieval systems.||Lifelong learning|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)|
|Exam: open book||35%|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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