POLIS 3103 - Democracy & Political Change
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 3103 Course Democracy & Political Change Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study Course Description The course explores the future of politics with examples drawn from Australia and elsewhere. One set of concerns relates to the relationship between democratic politics and globalisation. Has the emergence of more globalised economic relations and agreements hollowed out the space for democratic politics and policy, and if so, what are the implications for democratic politics? Are party systems increasingly disengaged from civil society and social forces, and if so what are the implications for the future of representative democracy, particularly in Europe? Another set of concerns relate to the emergence of new social forces, social movements, and populist politics - often in response to global forces and changes ? and their capacity to reshape political contestation. . Is there a new politics emerging? We are particularly concerned with looking at the nature of these forces in both developed and developing countries, including China and India. A final set of concerns relate to authoritarian politics and the emergence of new forms of authoritarianism around the globe.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Formulate informed perspectives on the nature of a political change in Australia and abroad 2 Debate key theoretical approaches to the study of political change and democratizatioN 3 Examine the relationship between globalization and political change in democratic and non-democratic systems 4 Assess the significance of ‘new’ socio-political actors as facilitators of a political change in developed and developing states 5 Reflect upon the resistance of authoritarianism and the retreat of democracy in the 21st century 6 Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view 7 Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills 8 Navigate the large amounts of research material available in this subject through both traditional academic sources and through the use of information technology 9 10
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)
1-5 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
2,5,7 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
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
6,7,8 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
6,8 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOnline lecture
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Specific Course RequirementsNone
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Essay Summative
50% 1-5, 7-8 Literature review Formative and Summative mid semester 30% 1-5 Seminar presentation Summative 10% 6-8 Seminar participation Formative and Summative
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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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