POL3603 - Information, Technology and Government

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Equivalent Course(s)
SA3603 or SA2601
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The course has four central learning outcomes.

Student is able to identify and assess the Web resources that are relevant to public policy and public administration.

Student can analyze the implications of the Internet and linked advances for contemporary government and politics.  Student should assess and evaluate the impact of electronic advances for policy and management within the public sector.  They should also compare and contrast the wider processes of change, including possibilities for digital democracy and new forms of citizen participation in different countries which have adopted ICT in their governance. In addition, they will investigate issues of social justice linked to the digital divide, e-government for development, and e-government and authoritarianism.
Student can make a judgment and criticize on the implications of e-government for contemporary theories and practices of governance.

The course is to reinforce many of the skills that we expect students to have mastered by the time they complete their undergraduate studies. The focus is on analyzing problems critically and identifying solutions to them, thinking critically, creatively and laterally, working effectively with others, managing time and information effectively, being able and willing to learn, communicating effectively in English, and developing computer literacy.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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