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HI3424 - History of Western Political Systems

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject examines the evolution of the liberal representative democratic system with particular reference to its global spread through imperialism, the breakdown of European colonial empires, and its adaptation to suit local conditions in India, Ghana and the U.S.A.

Learning Outcomes

  • An appreciation of the complexity of historical causation;
  • An understanding of how historians research and write;
  • An understanding of historical issues and problems that have affected the development of modern society in an international context;
  • An understanding of adaptations of political systems to suit local needs and conditions.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Janice Wegner.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours workshops/Seminars - Students to find modern examples of developments discussed in previous lectures. Each student to do this twice during the semester to lead the discussion in small teams, and following the discussion, submit a short reflective writing piece.
Assessment: workshop or chat session participation (20%); essays (40%); reflective writing on two workshops/chat sessions (40%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Janice Wegner.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours workshops/Seminars - Students to find modern examples of developments discussed in previous lectures. Each student to do this twice during the semester to lead the discussion in small teams, and following the discussion, submit a short reflective writing piece.
Assessment: workshop or chat session participation (20%); essays (40%); reflective writing on two workshops/chat sessions (40%).

Cairns, External, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Janice Wegner.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours - Workshop or chat session participation
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: workshop or chat session participation (20%); major essay (40%); reflective writing on two workshops/chat sessions (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.