POLIS 2138 - Policy and Practice in Australian Politics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2138 Course Policy and Practice in Australian Politics Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 2 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 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Course Description This course covers key political and policy issues for the 21st century with a particular emphasis on the factors that shape government policies. It focuses on issues of economic, social and environmental change and their political implications in fields ranging from economics, foreign relations and the media to the environment and welfare. It also examines how Australian democracy is constituted, practiced and perpetuated. In the process, the course deals with issues such as: globalisation and the role of the nation state; the influence of international issues on Australian Politics e.g. the impact of changing geopolitics on Australian relations with the U.S. and Asia; Australian identity and conceptions of citizenship; Australian migration policy; the electoral system and the role of citizens in Australian democracy and policy-making; the role of leaders, political parties and the media in policy formation; and environmental politics and climate change. The course draws on relevant analytical and theoretical frameworks and encourages students to follow up their own research interests, including relevant ones not formally covered in the course.
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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Priya ChackoCourse coordinator for 2021: Elyse Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful competion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyse the major concepts and debates in political thinking relating to issues in Australian politics. 2. Understand the relevant social, historical, economic, ideological and international context and constraints in which those debates occur and political institutions function.
3. Work with a range of analytical approaches to issues in Australian Politics and reflect critically on the character of political concepts and issues.
4. Critically analyse government policy-making. .5. Discuss the political, social and economic factors that guide and constrain government policies and practices. 6. Undertake independent research in the field of Australian public policy and practice. 7. Engage in oral and written public debate on real world case studies which exemplify general principles about policy-making and government practice. 8. Produce analytically sophisticated, well substantiated and cogently argued written material that draws on actual policy outcomes in recent Australian political history.
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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
1-8 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
4,5,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
6-8 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
5-7 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
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Online LearningThe lectures for this course will be delivered via MyUni. Students will be expected to make extensive use of online resources to research contemporary policy debates and poltiical practice.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOne online lecture and one two-hour face to face workshop each week.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.See MyUni
Learning Activities SummarySee the curriculum on MyUni
Specific Course RequirementsNone
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGD exercises will be conducted in tutorials.
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Assignment Formative/Summative Learning Outcome Tutorial Work Formative/Summative (20%) 5-8 Policy Analysis Formative/Summative (40%) 1-4, 8 Policy Proposal Summative (40%) 1-6, 8
Assessment Related RequirementsNone
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SubmissionSubmission via MyUni
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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