POLIS 3106 - Politics and International Relations Capstone
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 3106 Course Politics and International Relations Capstone Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites At least 15 units of Politics and International Studies major courses Course Description This capstone course for the major in Politics and International Relations introduces students to structured academic research methods and practice in selected areas of International Studies. First, it aims at developing students' advanced research skills through the examination of research methodologies and academic writing skills, as well as the exploration of ethical and intercultural issues that may arise in the course of a scholarly research. Second, it engages students in critical discussions regarding research methods and conceptual approaches through four case studies: invited academics will share with students their research skills by presenting their own research projects, including these projects' design, methodology, theoretical framework and larger significance. Third, during the second part of the course, students will undertake a significant research project on a self-chosen topic and, at the end of the course, join a student conference in order to present and discuss their research findings to and with their classmates.
Course Coordinator: Dr Priya Chacko
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Recognize key methodologies to the study of Politics and International Relations
2 Constructively critique published research
3 Develop high-level research skills in Politics and International Relations
4 Research issues in Politics and International Relations in an in-depth manner
5 Recognise common ethical problems which may arise during the research process and develop appropriate strategies to cope with them
6 Write a substantial and coherent research essay informed by appropriate theory and methodology
7 Participate in group discussions and communicate their research findings
8 Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice, including lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence
9 Navigate the large amounts of research material through both traditional academic sources and through the use of information technology
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)
1-4, 6 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
1-7, 9 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
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
8-9 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
5 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 ResourcesCourse readings will be made available online
Online LearningThe MyUni site contains announcements, course readings, seminar notes, an online discussion forum, and links to useful websites. You should check this site regularly.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeminars will focus on problem-solving and enhancing students’ academic literacies and research methods through workshops with academic practitioners.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
6 x 2 hours seminars/workshops 12 hours per semester
5 hours assignment preparation for 6 weeks 30 hours per semester
20 hours research project preparation per week 240 hours per semester
Conference preparation, presentation and participation 32 hours per semester
Total: 314 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Introduction to academic research in International Relations
Week 2: Literature review
Week 3: Methodology
Week 4: Workshop 1
Week 5: Workshop 2
Week 6: Workshop 3
Week 7: Individual research + consultations
Week 8: Individual research + consultations
Week 9: Individual research + consultations
Week 10: Individual research + consultations
Week 11: Individual research + consultations
Week 12: Research conference
Specific Course RequirementsNA
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will be organized in groups of 4 to 6 and tasked with discussing assigned questions within their groups and communicating with mentors
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1. 1,000 word research proposal
2. 5,000 research essay
3. Conference presentation
Assessment Detail5,000 word research project on a self-chosen topic – 65% weighting
1,000 word research proposal on a self-chosen topic - 20% weighting
Conference presentation (communication of research findings) - 15% weighting
SubmissionFor submission details, refer to the Course Guide
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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