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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

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.

Unit content

  • 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

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an understanding of the history, scope and nature of local government, and of how intergovernmental relationships influence local government activityIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2evaluate the effectiveness of local government in carrying out its roles and responsibilitiesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3evaluate local government as a sphere of representative government and democracy in AustraliaIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4utilise online research and retrieval systems.Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the history, scope and nature of local government, and of how intergovernmental relationships influence local government activity
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. evaluate the effectiveness of local government in carrying out its roles and responsibilities
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. evaluate local government as a sphere of representative government and democracy in Australia
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. utilise online research and retrieval systems.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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