POLIS 2137 - International Study Tour: Politics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 2137
    Course International Study Tour: Politics
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Emeritus Professor Clement Macintyre

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook as part of pre-departure study. Other materials to be determined by focus of study.
    Recommended Resources
    Access to standard student IT facilities (especially web access while away from campus).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students 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 Summary
    The nature of the lecture topics will vary according to the country visited.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will spend 2 weeks overseas.
  • 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
    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 Detail
    3000 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
    Electronic submission of written work will be required with 3 weeks of return to Adelaide.
    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.

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