Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power (Revision 3)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: None; however, a previous course in political science, public policy, or public administration/management is recommended. This is a senior course and as such students are expected to have advanced analytical and writing skills.
Precluded Course: POLI 301. GOVN 301 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 2 different disciplines—with POLI 301. (GOVN 301 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for POLI 301).
GOVN 301: Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power explores the changing relationships between business, society, and government in contemporary Canada. It examines the changing patterns of governance; the position of corporate Canada in society's power structure; the phenomenon of globalization and the international extension of business power; the role of the mass media in shaping culture and dominant ideas within society; the restructuring of economic and social policy; constitutional change; the marketization of the state; the transformation of citizens into customers; and the increased threat to social cohesion. Finally, it considers the future of the public sector in Canada.
The course consists of the following eight units.
- Unit 1: Introduction to Changing Patterns of Governance: Exploring the Course Themes
- Unit 2: The Business-Government-Society Relationship
- Unit 3: Free Trade, Globalization, and the Canadian State
- Unit 4: Regulation, De-Regulation, and State Restructuring
- Unit 5: Technology, the Media, and Democratic Governance in the Twenty-First Century
- Unit 6: Public Sector Reform: The New Public Management and the Privatization of Social Responsibility
- Unit 7: Civic Society, Partnerships, and the Voluntary Sector
- Unit 8: Governance in a Global Era: Crisis Management and Social Cohesion in Canada
To receive credit for GOVN 301, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a mark of at least 50 per cent on the final examination, and obtain a course composite grade of at least “D“ (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
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The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
McBride, Stephen, and Heather Whiteside. 2011. Private Affluence, Public Austerity: Economic Crises & Malaise in Canada. Halifax, Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.
All other materials are online, including study guides, and electronic readings and videos.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, January 14, 2014.
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Updated January 04 2017 by Student & Academic Services