POLIS 1101 - Introduction to Australian Politics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
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
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2,3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesStudents need to purchase a textbook and access additional set reading via MyUni.
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.
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 POLIS 1101.
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 POLIS 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 online lectures outline the material to be discussed in each week’s tutorials. 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 Small Group Discovery Formative and Summative 25% 1,2,4 Weekly online quizzes Formative and Summative 10% 1,3,4,5 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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