POLIS 2135 - Authoritarian Politics, Change and Asia
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2135 Course Authoritarian Politics, Change and Asia Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study Assumed Knowledge Basic understanding of International Politics and limited knowledge of a number of authoritarian states Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Studies Course Description The course begins by exploring Authoritarian and Totalitarian theory, looking at the foundations for the study of this genus of politics. Looked at in this connection will be regimes in Europe, Latin America and those of the modern Middle East and Africa. It will then move to a detailed examination of the contradictions that such approaches pose when assessing the regimes and governments of Asia. Authoritarianism here has been responsible not only for the sustained distortion of states such as Burma, Cambodia and early Communist China, but also presiding over the remarkable economic growth and modernisation under authoritarian regimes such as those of Park Chung-hee's South Korea, Chiang Kai-shek's Taiwan, British Hong Kong, Mahathir Mohamad's Malaysia and post-Deng Xiaoping China. Are such phenomena to do with the politics of economic and social transformation, or is it the historical and cultural characteristics of these states that allow such change to take place? Such questions are important in tracing the development patterns of modern Asia, as well as answering the question of whether authoritarianism and rapid economic development represent a novel coupling in the broader region as it evolves through the so-called Asian Century.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Felix Patrikeeff
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Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the conceptual aspects studied 2 Show critical understanding of the development of theoretical principles in the disciplinary area(s) studied 3 Examine, articulate and argue their views soundly in small group discussions 4 Produce logical arguments in independently researched written work 5 Demonstrate a capacity to apply theoretical principles to particular research problems 6 Show a commitment to life-long learning and awareness of the ethical, social and cultural aspects of material studied as well as their importance for professional contexts 7 Demonstrate leadership and high standards regarding the responsibilities expected at the level of their cohort
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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. 3-5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week 12 hours per semester 2 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester 4 hours research per week 48 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryInformation available on enrolment.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Participation Formative and Summative 10% 3, 6, 7 Tutorial presentation Formative and Summative 20% 3, 6, 7 Multiple choice test Formative and Summative 10% 1-5 Short paper 1 Summative 15% 1-5 Short paper 2 Summative 15% 1-5 Research essay Summative 30% 1-5
Assessment DetailParticipation (10%)
A final mark will be assigned at the end of the semester.
Tutorial presentation (20%)
Students will discuss tutorial topics in the form of a 10-15 minute presentation.
Short paper 1 (15%)
Students will write a 1,000 word paper based on Using a specific social, political or international
context, explore the concept of authoritarianism.
Short paper 2 (15%)
Students will write a 1,000 word paper based on a critical examination of some Asian popular culture, drawing into the frame of analysis aspects of what it is that we mean by authoritarianism in an Asian setting, and what is the interplay between this and the process of economic and political change.
Research essay (30%)
Students will write a 2,000 word essay answering a question developed by the student in consultation with staff teaching the course.
SubmissionMost assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
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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