- Class Number 3146
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Kim Huynh
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
- James Frost
This political philosophy course considers what people should believe. Theorists such as Plato, Machiavelli, Nietzsche and Strauss have argued that unless certain truths about reality, politics, faith and liberal democracy are hidden from the public, society will fall into ruin. The first half of the course examines how to foster belief and fashion deception in politics. The second half of the course looks at belief and deceit from the bottom up, drawing from the ideas of Gramsci, James C. Scott and de Certeau before asking how we might be more ethical and honest in a post-truth context and in the university.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- analyse different philosophies and political theories of belief and deception;
- competently apply these philosophies and political theories to politics, international relations, culture, and your personal life; and
- creatively consider ways to enhance honesty and ethics in the public sphere.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Verbal comments
- Written comments
- Feedback to the whole class
- Detailed matrix
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The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Please refer to Wattle for an up-to-date class overview|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Three In-Class Individual Quizzes||20 %||1,2,3|
|Group Presentation||15 %||1,2,3|
|Tutorial Participation||10 %||1,2,3|
|Mid- Semester Take-Home Exam||30 %||1,2,3|
|Final Examination||25 %||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Three In-Class Individual Quizzes
There will be four quizzes, each covering two topics. Your mark will be taken from your top three results.
These quizzes have been designed in consultation with ANU education specialists to facilitate effective surface and deeper philosophical learning. Two benefits for students vis a vis doing a major essay are a) continuous assessment which makes for less pressure and better learning and b) more time and opportunity to engage with the course and class before tackling major assessment items.
Aggregated class results discussed in lecture. Individual results released after lecture.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Teams of three chosen randomly from tutorials present for a total of 15 minutes applying philosophical ideas from the course to one or more case studies.
These presentations give you the opportunity to do the following.
- Apply philosophical ideas to case studies.
- Develop presentation skills in preparation for job interviews etc.
- Develop teamwork skills and experience.
- Teach and engage with the class.
Marking matrix and verbal feedback.
POLS2102 will draw upon resources, knowledge and experience from academia, real life politics, public radio and TEDx to help you prepare for and get the most out of these presentations.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Tutorials are a key part of student-centred learning. They provide chances for you to ask questions in preparation for the other assessment items.
Mark released after the last tutorial and before the examination due date.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Mid- Semester Take-Home Exam
This is a chance for you to showcase your deeper understanding and creativity in relation to the topics in relation to the first half of the course.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
This is a chance for you to showcase your deeper understanding and creativity in relation to the topics in relation to the second half of the course.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request it in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Online Submission: Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) a submission must be through Turnitin. Assignments are submitted using Turnitin in the course Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.
There are no resubmission of assignments.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
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- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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International Relations, Politics
Dr Kim Huynh