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Where does your water come from? How can you manage, control and account a hospital? If you were elected to a regional council, how would you balance farming, fishing, tourism and conservation interests? This course examines how public services are governed and managed locally, nationally and internationally, bringing in such challenges as achieving consensus among publics with differing politics and competing interests, making the most of scarce resources, recovering from natural disasters and persuading people to fund services through taxation.
Having engaged in learning during the course, students will be able to exemplify and discuss with some critical awareness:* The nature and scope of public management and governance in several service and institutional contexts, including how management accounting and managerial finance figure in the contexts in question* Relevant practices (e.g. governance, planning and budgeting, performance measurement and management, transparency and accountability, evaluation, costing and pricing of services, the sharing of funding between service users and specific and general taxes) in such contexts* Skills inherent in group working and group project outcomes (including communicating, negotiating, coordinating, presenting, other inter-personal skills entailed in administrative and governance practice), and questioning and evaluating the work of other individuals and groups
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 45 points at 200-level orabove.
ACIS316, AFIS316, AFIS516, POLS316
ACIS316, and AFIS316
Students must attend one activity from each section.
A minimum of 45 marks out of 100 is required in the final exam in order to obtain a pass grade.
Domestic fee $822.00
International fee $3,688.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Department of Accounting and Information Systems on the department and colleges page.