- Class Number 8454
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Patrick Dumont
- Prof Patrick Dumont
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
This course examines the central issues in comparative political institutions across a range of jurisdictions and from a variety of perspectives. The course introduces core political institutions and discusses various approaches to their study. It deals with key concepts (majoritarian democracy vs consociationalism etc.) and institutional arrangements in a historical and comparative perspective. The point of the seminar preparations, discussions, presentations, data collection and analysis exercise is not to compare for the sake of comparing, but to equip you (as a researcher) with the conceptual tools to undertake insightful, critical, and original comparative work of your own in your final assessment. The overall aim of the course is to develop students' understanding and use of many general theoretical explanations surrounding debates in political institutions and to develop students' critical/analytical approach to many of the questions facing practitioners and scholars in the next decade.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify the concepts that influence the dynamics of political institutions;
- understand the sources of these concepts and their historical development;
- use these concepts in order to critically research, analyse, and evaluate major issues in political institutions; and
- develop skills for research, argument, and analysis in order to effectively communicate their own perspectives on key concepts and issues in political institutions.
Adaptations to the class structure may occur at the margin though discussions of research interests with students.
Resources for this unit will be provided either on the Wattle site or through the ANU Library system. We will be relying on web resources and electronic journals. Some further materials will be provided in class.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- verbal feedback
- written feedback
- in-class feedback
- individual feedback in consultations
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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.
In-text referencing or footnotes are acceptable. Referencing must be consistent and meet School and College guidelines. These will be discussed in class. All assignments should include a reference list in alphabetical order. Any evidence of un-referenced direct quotation will be heavily penalised and deliberate plagiarism will be dealt with according to ANU policy.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Comparative politics and institutional analysis|
|3||Research questions, projects and resources I|
|4||Research questions, projects and resources II|
|5||Research questions, projects and resources III|
|6||Research questions, projects and resources IV||Data collection and analysis report|
|7||Constitutions, federalism and decentralisation|
|11||Executives and power sharing|
|12||Alternatives to representative democracy||Research essay|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Data collection and analysis report||30 %||1, 4|
|Research Essay||50 %||1, 2, 3|
|Seminar Preparation and Participation||10 %||1, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
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.
There will be no examination for this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Each student will lead a 10-minute presentation of the required readings.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4
Data collection and analysis report
Students will collect primary data or recode existing data and analyse a research question using appropriate method (this can apply quantitative as well as qualitative techniques).
Word limit: 2,000
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Students will write a research paper on a topic of their choice that relates to the material covered in the course.
Word limit: 4,000
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4
Seminar Preparation and Participation
Preparation (mainly readings) and active participation are expected from the students. All students must prepare notes on required readings and submit by email prior to class in preparation for discussion. These may consist of comments, critiques, questions, etc. arising from the readings. They may be in bullet format or full sentences. They will be marked on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory scale.
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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) as 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.
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.
Students will be able to access their assignments with grades and feedback on the Wattle site. Assignments will be returned according to College policy.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. 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 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
Students may be given permission to resubmit assignments in particular circumstances, for example inadvertent plagiarism.
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Executive-legislative relations, electoral systems, elections, parties and party systems, coalition theory, political elites.
Prof Patrick Dumont