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PL1001 - The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject introduces students to the importance of politics in an interdependent and constantly changing world. Conflict, contestation, co-operation, communication and power are all part of political science. So are globalisation, democratisation and environmental challenges. The subject is organised around four central themes: political concepts; politics and society; machinery of government; and political change. It adopts a comparative perspective, drawing on a diverse range of countries and political systems, and introduces key features of Australian politics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and evaluate differing political systems, including the Australian political system;
  • Transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others identifying major political concepts and ideologies;
  • Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to contemporary political issues experienced in different countries.

Subject Assessment

  • presentations (20%)
  • essays (40%)
  • centrally-administered final exam (40%).

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Dr Anna Hayes
Lecturer: Dr Maxine Newlands.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Dr Maxine Newlands, Dr Anna Hayes.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, External, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Dr Anna Hayes.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours - Online engagement
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: andWWW - LearnJCUPrinted materials

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.