- Code POLS1002
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Andrew Banfield
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2015
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Critically analyse some of the key concepts in political science – presented in lectures and re-enforced through participation in tutorials.
- Participate in-group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature and significance of politics and governance.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of differences in political systems and the contexts in which they operate.
- Apply concepts and theories used in the study of political science to the analysis of interests, institutions and behaviour.
- Demonstrate the capacity to use different research methods used to investigate political phenomena.
- Demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence-based argument and evaluation.
- Gather, organise and use a variety of evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial 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]
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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.
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
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1087||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|