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Emotions and Public Policy - GOVT2015

Year - 2018

Emotional policy issues dominate much of the agenda setting process. From shark culls following shark bites, to lock-out laws following "King Hit" tragedies, the way emotional episodes place pressures on policymakers and short-circuit the policymaking process are a critical area of modern public policy analysis. This unit focuses on the role of emotions in policymaking. Themes across the literature include the role of risk and affect on agenda setting, the use of policy instruments and policy design to influence behaviour as well as social movement mobilisation and media salience.

2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

1x1500wd Case Study (25%), 1x2000wd Essay (50%), 1x1000wd Essay Proposal (15%), Tutorial Participation (10%)


12 Junior credit points in Government and International Relations or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Politics or International Relations


Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Government and International Relations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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