- Code POLS8039
- 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, Political Economy, Politics
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Jill Sheppard
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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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 behavior in a variety of different political contexts.
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. 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 AssessmentClass Participation (10%) (LO: 1, 4)
Seminar leadership (present readings and facilitate discussions) (10%) (LO:1, 4)
Two Response Papers (2000 words each; 15% each) (LO: 2, 3, 4)
Research Paper (5000 words; 50%) (LO: 1, 2, 3, 4)
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Workload130 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.
Downs, A. (1957). An Economic Theory of Democracy.
Hellwig, T. and McAllister, I. (2016). Does the economy matter? Economic perceptions
and the vote in Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 51(2):236–254.
Sheppard, J. (2015). Online petitions in Australia: Information, opportunity and gender. Australian Journal of Political Science, 50(3):480–495.
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