POLIS 1106 - Introduction to Australian Politics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Politics affect you every day - the conditions you live and work under, your identity, your security, the values and fears you possess, and ultimately your expectations as a citizen and your place in the world. This course will provide an introduction to the Australian political system in its social and economic context. Students will also be introduced to relevant theoretical debates in a range of areas. Topics covered include: power, national identity, political parties, interest groups, environmental issues, the media, class, gender, race, ethnicity, technology, the impact of economic globalisation, political institutions, democracy and elections. The course will address the major forces that are influencing and shaping the Australian political environment. There is a particular emphasis on the applied and practical aspects of how and why government policies are brought into being as well as the social, political and economic factors that enable or constrain their introduction.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 1106
    Course Introduction to Australian Politics
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible POLIS 1101, POLIS 1105
    Assessment Tutorial Work 25%, Weekly Online Quizzes 10%, Major Essay 40%, Key Concepts Test 25%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Critically analyse some of the key concepts in Australian political science.
    2. Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view. 
    3. Evaluate subjective claims about Australian politics. 
    4. Argue in written and oral formats about these claims using the basic terminology of social science. 
    5. Navigate the large amounts of research material available in this subject 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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 Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    See MyUni for details. 
    Online Learning
    Lecture recordings, reading and major assignment submission will be available on MyUni. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Online and theatre lectures; 1 weekly face to face 1-hour tutorial.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    Assignment Formative/Summative % of final grade Course learning outcome
    Tutorial work  formative and summative 25% 1-4
    Weekly quiz formative and summative 10% 1
    Key concepts test formative and summative 25% 1,4
    Essay summative 40% 1, 3-5

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    No grades will be tied to your ability to participate at any particular time.

    Option 1: Online discussion board (30% replaces Tutorial Workbook) and Small Group Discovery (20%) Watch the lectures, complete the reading, participate in the Zoom tutorial, post a few items to the discussion board (See the Assignment Folder), and complete the SGD activities. The 10% for tutorial participation has been moved to the SGDs.

    Option 2: Additional Essay If you would rather work independently, replace the discussion board/SGDs with an additional essay from the list in the Assignments Folder.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    See MyUni for details. 

    No information currently available.

    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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