POLIS 2137 - International Study Tour: Politics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2137 Course International Study Tour: Politics Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 36 hours (intensive) over three week period Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites 24 units of level I 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 the semester teaching starts Course Description This course is 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 students? 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: Emeritus Professor Clement Macintyre
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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 Adelaide based 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 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 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4, 5, 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4, 6, 7 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. 1-6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3, 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, 2, 3, 5, 6
Required ResourcesTextbook as part of pre-departure study. Other materials 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 ModesStudents selected for this course will be required to complete some pre-departure study on campus. This will take the form of seminars and directed study. While away all seminars / lectures / classes will be held at overseas university facilities (with support of the Global Learning Short Programs office). The overseas classes will be a mixture of lectures / seminars by Adelaide staff and local political figures. The schedule will also include visits to local institutions (Parliaments, courts etc.).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
8 x 3 hour in-country seminars 12 hours per semester 4 x 3 hour pre-departure seminars 24 hours per semester Site visits 10 hours per semester Set readings and preparation for class 60 hours per semester Preparation and writing of assignments 50 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThe nature of the lecture topics will vary according to the country visited.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will spend 2 weeks overseas.
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- 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 3000 word essay Formative and Summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Reflective essay/blog Formative and Summative 30% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 750 word Annotated bibliography Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Seminar participation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Assessment Detail3000 word essay: students will be required to write a 3000 word research essay on a topic to be determined - 50% weighting
Refelective essay/blog: students will be required to write a 1500 (or equivalent) essay reflecting on their learning experience while away from Adelaide or post a similar blog - 30% weighting
Annotated bibliography: a 750 word annotated bibliography as preparation for the main essay - 10% weighting.
Seminar participation: students engage in interaction in class activities and the cooperative sharing of materials and information - 10% weighting
SubmissionElectronic submission of written work will be required with 3 weeks of return to Adelaide.
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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