• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Political Economy, Politics
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Svitlana Chernykh
    • Dr Tracy Fenwick
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course aims to develop students' capacities in research and writing in political science effectively.  It is intended for students wishing to pursue further study in political science, and aims to give students an introduction to the writing and research skills involved in political research.  Topics may include: critical analysis of sources, constructing explanatory models, standards of logical demonstration, and organizing and presenting research results.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and analyze a range of theoretical approaches to political science
  2. Utilize methods and approaches for accumulating and interpreting applicable information about the discipline of political science
  3. Conceptualize problems and apply tools to critically analyze and resolve political arguments, information, and theories.
  4. Communicate effectively and defend in written format normative and empirical arguments.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation: 10% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3)
Briefing note paper (1000 words) 20% (Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4)
Research paper (2000 words) 30% (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4)
Final exam 40% (2 hours during the examination period): (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4)

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Workload

130 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.

Majors

Minors

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:
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
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

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8668 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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