POLIS 2112 - South Australian Parliamentary Internship
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2112 Course South Australian Parliamentary Internship Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 36 units from any Faculty including 12 units at Advanced Level Incompatible POLI 2112, POLI 3083 Quota A quota will apply Course Description This course offers students the opportunity to spend a semester as 'interns' working under the direction of a Member of the State Parliament while completing an agreed research task. Students will be required to conduct intensive research on a single public policy topic (under the guidance of an academic supervisor).
Final placement will depend upon availability and the application of an internal quota based on GPA. In order to complete the process of placement allocation, students should finalise their enrolment by the completion of the normal enrolment period and cannot be considered if not enrolled before 30 April.
Course Coordinator: Emeritus Professor Clement Macintyre
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Classes for this course are taught in the State Parliament and will run on Fridays 2.00-5.00pm. Exact dates and times to be confirmed. Students will also spend time with thier academic supervisors for one to one meetings. Times and frequency of meetings will be negotiated.
Course Learning OutcomesAfter successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. work in a political environment
2. demonstrate theoretical, critical and methodological knowledge of public policy issues in
a practical form that mirrors post-university professional work
3. develop, manage and complete a research project at an advanced level
4. design policy briefs, design and deliver presentations and progress reports
consistent with professional standards
5. show an awareness of the ways in which contemporary professional, industry
organisations, community and/or government agencies engage with politicians
and help shape policy debates
6. understand the ways in which humanities and social sciences research skills, methods,
knowledge and information are relevant to post-university working life and
advance career prospects and applications accordingly
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) 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. 2, 3, 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 4, 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4, 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 4, 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 4, 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 4, 6
Required ResourcesRequired resources will vary according to the particular research topic selected. Each student will receive advice on sources from their academic supervisor.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents will meet as a group six times across the semester for seminars/ presentations in the South Australian Parliament. Attendance and participation at the seminars is a core component of the course. Seminars will cover aspects of the practical work required to complete the final project, and there will be opportunities to discuss specific ideas and issues related to individual internships in groups and through individual one to one supervisions.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is a 6 unit course and students should expect to devote half their full time study to the research for and writing of the report.
Learning Activities SummaryInformation available on enrolment.
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Assessment SummaryA formal Research proposal (due week 5) outling the key aims of their research and giving an indication of key resources. Approx. 1,500 words (weighted at 20%).
A Research Report giving full account of finding and recommendations related to the research topic (due one week after teaching finishes). Approx. 9,000 words (weighted at 80%).
Note that this course has been granted exemption from the requirement of the Assessment for Coursework Programs policy that no single component of assessment be greater than 70%.
Assessment DetailInformation available on enrolment.
SubmissionInformation available on enrolment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
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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