- Code POLS3039
- 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 Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Matthew Kerby
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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This scope course addresses the twin subjects of political leadership and executive government. It approaches these subjects theoretically, methodologically and comparatively. Theoretically, we review the trajectory of the major approaches to the study of leaders and executives that includes institutionalism, feminism and rational choice theory. Methodologically, we will learn about different quantitative and qualitative methods that can be employed to address research questions pertaining to leaders and executives. Finally, we will review the study of leaders and executives comparatively by assessing the leadership and executive experience geographically and institutionally. Additional topics to be addressed may include political communication, non-elected leaders (e.g. advisors and judges) and the executive experience at sub and supranational levels of government.
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:
1. Describe and critically present the strengths and weaknesses of the major theoretical pillars on which the study of leadership and executive government rests;
2. Be aware of the different methodological approaches available to study leadership and executives and be able to make an informed choice as to which approach is best suited to their research;
3. Broadly understand how political leadership and executives vary across time and space, particularly with respect to style, tradition and institutions;
4. Be able to write an argument-focused Research paper on a topic pertaining to political leadership and executives.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial reading review quizzes, 5-10 minutes each (5x2% each for a total of 10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Tutorial participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3
Research paper component quiz, 20 minutes (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4
Research paper, 2500 words (35%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Final exam, 2 hours (35%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
M Kerby (2008) "Worth the Wait: Determinants of Ministerial Appointment in Canada, 1935-2008". Canadian Journal of Political Science, 42:3
M Kerby, (2011) "Combining the Hazards of Ministerial Appointment and Ministerial Exit in the Canadian Federal Cabinet" Canadian Journal of Political Science, 44(3).
S. Berlinski, T. Dewan, and K Dowding (2010). "The impact of Individual and collective performance on Ministerial tenure" Journal of Politics, 72(2).
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