• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Politics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Uhr
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2019
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This course will vary depending on who is teaching it in a given year.  The central point of the course will be to use the research agenda of the academic staff to provide expanded opportunities for the study of comparative politics.  Topic may include: parliaments, judicial politics, elite behavior, political parties, and media.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the concepts that influence the dynamics of comparative politics;
  2. Understand the sources of these concepts and their historical development;
  3. Use these concepts in order to critically research, analyse, and evaluate major issues in comparative politics; and
  4. Develop skills for research, argument, and analysis in order to to effectively communicate their own perspectives on key concepts and issues in comparative politics.

Other Information

Summer intensive teaching days: 10am-3pm on Tuesdays 29 January, 5 and 12 February; Thursdays 31 January, 7 and 14 February

?The 2019 ‘special topic’ is public leadership, as examined in selected political theories from Machiavelli to Mill, and as exercised by ministers, legislators, bureaucrats, and civil society policy advocates.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,4]
  2. Seminar leadership (present readings and facilitate discussions) (10) [LO 1,4]
  3. Two Response Papers (2000 words each) (15) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Research Paper (5000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of seminars over 12 weeks; and

b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars over 12 weeks; and,
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1685 29 Jan 2019 08 Feb 2019 08 Feb 2019 01 Mar 2019 In Person N/A

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