POLIS 1101 - Introduction to Australian Politics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 1101 Course Introduction to Australian Politics Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible POLI 1101 Course Description Politics affect you everyday - the conditions you live and work under, your identity, your security, the values and fears you possess, and ultimately your expectations as a citizen and your place in the world. This course will provide an introduction to the Australian political system in its social and economic context. Students will also be introduced to relevant theoretical debates in a range of areas. Topics covered include: power, national identity, political parties, interest groups, environmental issues, the media, class, gender, race, ethnicity, technology, the impact of economic globalisation, political institutions, democracy and elections. The course will address the major forces that are influencing and shaping the Australian political environment.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Weekly lectures consist of one online lecture (via MyUni) and one face to face lecture (see the timetable).
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Critically analyse some of the key concepts in Australian political science 2 Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view 3 Evaluate subjective claims about Australian politics 4 Write and argue about these claims using the basic terminology of social science 5 Navigate the large amounts of research material available in this subject through both traditional academic sources and through the use of information technology
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,3 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2,3 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2,3
Required ResourcesStudents need to purchase a textbook and course reader, which contain the required reading for tutorials.
The textbook is available from Unibooks:
Miragliotta, Narelle, Wayne Errington and Nicholas Barry. 2013. The Australian Political System in Action. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
Pay for the course reader via Unified and collect from the Image and Copy Centre, Level 1, Hughes Building.
Recommended ResourcesThe following texts will help you revise the key concepts across the course:
Eccleston, Richard, Paul Williams and Robyn Hollander. 2006. Foundations of Australian Politics, Pearson Longman, Melbourne.
Smith, Rodney, Ariadne Vromen and Ian Cook 2006. Keywords in Australian Politics,
Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Lists of further reading for each topic will be available on the MyUni site for POLI1101.
Awareness of contemporary Australian politics is an essential part of the course. Keep up
with state and national politics by reading a daily newspaper, and watching/listening
to current affairs programs.
Online LearningThe POLI 1101 MyUni site contains announcements, copies of many course materials such as lecture material, a further reading list, a discussion forum, and links to useful web sites. You should check this site regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe two lectures outline the material to be discussed in each week’s tutorials. The online lecture provides the background for the in-class lecture. The tutorials are your opportunity to ensure that you understand the key concepts as we move through the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction: Liberalism and Democracy Week 2 Elections: Electoral Systems Week 3 Parties and the Party System:
- The Australian Labor Party
- The Liberal Party of Australia
Week 4 Parties and the Party System:
- The Greens
- Minor Parties and Independents
Week 5 Social Movements: Power Week 6 Responsible Government: The Constitution Week 7 Parliament: 1975 Week 8 Executive Power: Accountability Week 9 Public Policy Week 10 Media Power: Media and Accountability Week 11 Nationalism and Religion Week 12 Review and test preparation
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Tutorial participation Formative and Summative 10% 1,2,4 Weekly online quizzes Formative and Summative 10% 1,3,4,5 Minor essay Formative and Summative 15% 1,3,4 Major essay Formative and Summative 40% 1,3,4,5 Key concepts test Summative 25% 1,3,4,5
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SubmissionInformation on enrolment.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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