POLIS 1104 - Comparative Politics of Rising Powers
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 1104 Course Comparative Politics of Rising Powers 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 Incompatible POLI 1104 Course Description The Rise of China, India and Brazil, alongside other regional powers such as Japan, Russia, Iran and Nigeria, has raised questions about the United States' continued dominance in global politics and economics. It has also opened a debate about competing models of political and socio-economic development and their effectiveness in promoting economic growth, political stability and social equity. Employing theories, concepts and methods of Comparative Politics, this course compares and contrasts the developmental paths taken by old (the United Kingdom and the United States) and new powers. While analysing their political history, political and economic systems, as well as social issues, it also reflects upon the policy-making processes, the efficacy of diverse political and economic arrangements and solutions to critical social problems people around the world face in the early 21st century.
Course Coordinator: Dr Czeslaw Tubilewicz
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1 Define the key terms in Comparative Politics 2 Discuss the political history, institutions, political cultures, political parties, interest groups, political issues, cleavages, and the major political conflicts of various contemporary political systems 3 Compare and contrast major aspects of democratic and non-democratic political systems 4 Compare and contrast economic challenges facing developed and developing states 5 Debate the role of a state in economic development 6 Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view 7 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, 3, 4, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5, 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 4, 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6, 7
Required ResourcesStudents need to purchase a copy of the course reader from the Image and Copy Centre, Level 1, Hughes Building.
Recommended ResourcesIn the past, this course used the text by Gabriel Almond, G. Bingham Powell, Russell J. Dalton and Kaare Strom (eds.), Comparative Politics Today: A World View (New York: Longman, 2010). There should be numerous second-hand copies of this textbook if you wish to go beyond the Course Reader.
Recommended academic readings are also made available on Myuni.
ABC News Radio http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/links/useful.htm (A useful collection of world newspaper URLs)
Longman Comparative Politics Reference Site http://k-12.pisd.edu/schools/pshs/soc_stu/comp_gv/links.htm (a good geography test, some useful basic country data, and a few internet links)
Comparative Politics: practice tests
Comparative Politics, Working Papers at Yale University:
Columbia University Resource Site:
Democracy at Large: http://www.ifes.org/Content/Publications/Democracy-at-Large.aspx
Foreign Government Resources: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~graceyor/govdocs/foreignnew.html
Governments on the WWW: http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en/
Poly-Cy Guide to Internet Resources for Political Science: http://crl.du.ac.in/Publication/E-Resources%20in%20Public%20Domain-Final/Political%20Science/Bird%27s%20Eye%20View/Websites/Internet%20Resources%20for%20Political%20Science.htm
Country Study Sites
Area Studies (@ Keele University): http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area.htm
BBC Country Profiles: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Cultural Profiles Project: http://www.cp-pc.ca/english/index.html
Economist Country Briefings: http://www.economist.com/topics
Human Development Reports: http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/
Library of Congress Country Studies: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
The National Bureau of Asian Research: http://www.nbr.org/
Political Database of the Americas: http://pdba.georgetown.edu/
Profiles of Countries and Regions: http://www.imf.org/external/country/Index.htm
A Selection of Comparative Politics Journals:
African Studies Quarterly: http://web.africa.ufl.edu/asq/
Asian Survey: http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=asiansurvey
Comparative Politics: http://www.jstor.org/journals/00104159.html
Comparative Political Studies: http://cps.sagepub.com/
Problems of Post-communism: http://www.mesharpe.com/mall/results1.asp?ACR=ppc
Third World Quarterly: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01436597.asp
Journals in area studies: http://www.tandf.co.uk/libsite/productinfo/journals/onlinecollections/politics/
Cambridge series in comparative politics (books): http://www.cambridge.org/ar/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/comparative-politics/series/cambridge-studies-comparative-politics
Online LearningThe POLI 1104 MyUni site contains announcements, copies of many course materials such as lecture notes, lecture recordings, assigned and recommended readings, a discussion forum, and links to useful web sites. You should check this site regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOne lecture will be online via MyUni; the other lecture will be in-class. They outline the material to be discussed in each week’s tutorials. The online lecture provides the background for the in-class lecture.
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 3 hours tutorial preparation per week 36 hours per semester 3 hours assignment preparation per week 36 hours per semester 2 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 What is comparative politics: Methods Week 2 What is comparative politics: Concept Week 3 The rise and fall of great powers Week 4 The United States of America Week 5 China Week 6 The European Union Week 7 Russia Week 8 Japan Week 9 India Week 10 Brazil Week 11 Nigeria Week 12 Exam preparation
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAll tutorial activities are structured around small group learning that encourages and supports team work and a lively exchange of ideas.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Tutorial participation and presentation Formative and Summative 20% 1-7 Team project Formative and Summative 15% 1-7 Mid-semester online test Formative and Summative 5% 1-7 Final online test Formative and Summative 10% 1-7 Exam Summative 50% 1-7
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