• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest American Studies, Australian Studies, Contemporary Europe, Development Studies, International Relations More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Banfield
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The first aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the key concepts in the discipline of Political Science: power, influence, authority, legitimacy, coercion, conflict, interests, policy-making, bureaucracy, political communication, accountability and democracy.

The second aim is to use these and other concepts to examine the major institutions of Australian politics, often in a comparative perspective. Students will explore the Constitution, Federalism, Parliament, Cabinet, the Public Service, the Electoral System, the High Court, Political Parties, Interest Groups, Social Movements and the Media.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse some of the key concepts in political science – presented in lectures and re-enforced through participation in tutorials.
  2. Participate in-group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature and significance of politics and governance.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of differences in political systems and the contexts in which they operate.
  5. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of political science to the analysis of interests, institutions and behaviour.
  6. Demonstrate the capacity to use different research methods used to investigate political phenomena.
  7. Demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence-based argument and evaluation.
  8. Gather, organise and use a variety of evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation: 10% of final grade [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Mid-Term Examination (1 hour, during the mid-semester examination period): 20% of final grade [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5, 7]

Essay (1500-2000 words): 30% of final grade -[Learning Outcomes 6, 7, 8]

Final examination (2 hours): 40% of final grade - [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5, 7]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Two lectures and one tutorial a week. Students are expected to commit up to 10 hours per week (contact plus non-contact).  Lectures will be recorded.

Preliminary Reading

Regular reading of any one of The Canberra Times, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age or The Australian Financial Review.

Eccleston, R., Williams, P. and Hollander, R. Foundations of Australian Politics, (Pearson, 2006).

Josep M. Colomer, The Science of Politics: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010)


Areas of Interest

  • American Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Contemporary Europe
  • Development Studies
  • International Relations
  • Political Sciences

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2127 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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