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PL1001 - The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science

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

This subject introduces students to political science. It sets the study of politics in the context of an interdependent and constantly changing world, influenced by globalisation, democratisation, environmental challenges, and inter-group conflict. It focuses on conceptual and empirical understanding of the world of politics. The subject is organised around four central themes: foundations of politics; politics and society; machinery of government; political change. It adopts a comparative/holistic perspective, drawing on a diverse range of states and political systems, and introducing key features of Australian politics.

Learning Outcomes

  • provide students with an introduction to the discipline of political science;
  • enhance understanding of differing political systems, including Australia's and of major political issues and values;
  • develop students' capacity for critical and creative political analysis.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 13 X 2 hours lectorials
Assessment: other exams (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (30%); essays (40%).

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Strauss.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: other exams (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (30%); essays (40%).

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: other exams (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (30%); essays (40%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Strauss.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (30%); essays (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.