• 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 Communication, Political Sciences, Political Economy
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Banfield
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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The first aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the key concepts in the discipline of Political Science: power, influence, authority, legitimacy, coercion, conflict, and democracy.  The second aim is to introduce the concepts and institutions of the political process.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature and significance of politics and governance.
  2. Critically analyse some of the key concepts in political science.
  3. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of political science to the analysis of interests, institutions and behaviour.
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to use different research methods used to investigate political phenomena.
  5. Have developed their research, writing, and verbal presentation skills.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take home quizzes x 5, available on Wattle, not exceeding 30 mins (4% each for a total of 20%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5
Essay, 1500 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5
Final examination, 2 hours during the final examination period (40%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5   

Essay (1500 words): 30% of final grade [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5]

Final examination (2 hours): 40% of final grade (during the final examination period) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5]

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Two hour lecture and one tutorial per week for 12 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 94 hours of independent study over the semester (total 130 hours).  Lectures will be recorded.




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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2054 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person

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