POLIS 2112 - South Australian Parliamentary Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 2112
    Course South Australian Parliamentary Internship
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites 36 units from any Faculty including 12 units at Advanced Level
    Incompatible POLI 2112, POLI 3083
    Quota A quota will apply
    Assessment 2000 word research proposal (20%), 7000 word major research paper (80%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Emeritus Professor Clement Macintyre

    Course Timetable

    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.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After 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 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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required 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 Modes
    Students 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 Summary
    Information available on enrolment.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    All students accepted for this course will have a placement with a Member of Parliament. All students will have several one to one meetings with academic supervisor to discuss the research and the writing of the final report
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    A 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 Detail
    Information available on enrolment.
    Information available on enrolment.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Students will receive written feedback on their Reseach Proposal and on the final Research Report. Informal feedback will be available as the research progresses through the one to one supervision sessions.
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  • Policies & Guidelines
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