• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Political Economy, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jillian Sheppard
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course is designed to help students understand development in political behaviour literature and prepare them for conducting independent research. In this course we consider the following topics: turnout, voting, economic voting, and public opinion on various issues. The course will consider both theoretical and empirical work that will be drawn from studies of mass political behaviour in a variety of different political contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify the concepts that influence the dynamics of political behaviour;
  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 political behaviour; and
  4. develop skills for research, argument, and analysis in order to to effectively communicate their own perspectives on key concepts and issues in political behaviour.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,4]
  2. Seminar leadership (present readings and facilitate discussions) (10) [LO 1,4]
  3. Response Papers, 2x2000 words each (15% each) (30) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Research Paper, 5000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Political Science (Honours) (HPLSC), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours) (HPPOL), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours) (HLAMS), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed POLS8039.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2020 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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
4032 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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