POLIS 2137EX - International Study Tour: Politics II
External - Quadmester 4 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2137EX Course International Study Tour: Politics II Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Quadmester 4 Level Undergraduate Location/s External Units 3 Contact 36 hours (intensive) over three week period Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites At least 24 units of Level I undergraduate study Quota Places are limited. Students will be selected based on GPA and an interview with the course coordinator. Students will need to enrol as part of the normal enrolment process; those selected will be notified before Semester teaching starts Course Description This course enables a short study tour for University of Adelaide students led by Adelaide teaching staff. Students will be expected to complete a number of intensively taught preliminary classes at Adelaide before travel overseas. While on location, students will undertake a series of intensive seminars, lectures and site visits. This course is designed to enhance student understanding and appreciation of the contemporary political systems and cultures of selected foreign countries. Topics may include detailed study of political institutional arrangements, selected case studies of bi-lateral and/or multi-lateral relationships and detailed study of party structures.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Benito Cao
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 demonstrate a close understanding of the political culture and institutions of a foreign country 2 conduct primary research on selected policy/institutional issues relating to a foreign country 3 demonstrate skills and competencies in intercultural awareness 4 show enhanced critical thinking and skills of analysis 5 better understand their disciplinary study by seeing it in an international context 6 demonstrate confidence in a foreign environment and a well-developed sense of social responsibility through engagement with local communities 7 demonstrate high level written and oral communication skills
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, 4, 5 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
2, 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
3, 6, 7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 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
1, 3, 5, 6 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 ResourcesTextbook or Course Reader, and access to MyUni. Other resources to be determined by focus of study.
Recommended ResourcesAccess to standard student IT facilities (especially web access while away from campus).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is comprised primarily of seminars and in-country activities. The seminars will introduce the key concepts, theories and themes, using a combination of multi-media sources (e.g. slides, videos, web-links). In addition, the seminars will include small-group activities and semi-structured debates on the relevant topics. The in-country activities will vary depending on the specific tour.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 2 x 3-hour pre-departure seminars 6 hours 10 x 3-hour in-country based seminars 30 hours Site visits 24 hours Reading and preparation for seminars 48 hours Preparation and writing of assignments 48 hours 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThis course is designed to run intensively over a three week period (1 week in Adelaide and 2 weeks overseas). The nature of the course content and topics will vary according to the country visited, and to the specific political context relevant at the time of the visit.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will spend two weeks overseas. Study Overseas will ensure compliance with all requirements.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course will offer students a short term, but intensive engagement and close interaction with experts in the discipline field and the relevant country of study. In addition, seminars will include small-group activities and semi-structured discussions designed to provide students with a fulfilling 'small group discovery experience'.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Research Essay Formative and Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Analytical Blog Formative and Summative 40% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Seminar Work Formative and Summative 20% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at seminars and in-country activities is compulsory. Failure to attend three or more seminars and/or in-country activities without permission from the course coordinator can result in the student being excluded from the study tour and/or precluded from passing the course. Essays must be submitted electronically, through Turnitin. The relevant link will be available on MyUni.
Assessment DetailSeminar Work: Seminars are forums for free exchange and discussion of informed opinions, that is, ideas and thoughts based
on reading and reflection, as well as places for raising questions and for the exchange of relevant information. All students are expected to have read the required readings in preparation for the seminars. Seminar work will be assessed on the basis of the depth of knowledge of each topic, the quality of engagement with required readings and other materials, and the attitude displayed towards the arguments and contributions of others. Seminar work will include small-group semi-structured activities, as well as student engagement during site visits. Additional guidelines will be provided during the first session, on Day 1.
Research Essay: The research essay is designed to assess the student’s ability to conduct independent research, evaluate relevant materials, and formulate a coherent, sophisticated and well-substantiated argument on one of the topics covered in the course. Students will have to come up with their own question in consultation with the course coordinator. The research essay will be 1800-2000 words.
Analytical Blog: Students will be required to write a series of short blog entries (approx. 250-300 words), one for each of the topics covered in the course. The specific details regarding the submission of blog entries will be established on Day 1.
SubmissionEssays must be submitted electronically, through Turnitin. The relevant link will be available on MyUni.
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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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