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PL1001 - The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Douglas Hunt.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); essays (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); essays (50%).

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Douglas Hunt, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Douglas Hunt, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Surin Maisrikrod.
Method of Delivery: andWWW - LearnJCUPrinted materials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (60%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Douglas Hunt
Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Surin Maisrikrod.
Method of Delivery: andCDROMWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignments (60%).

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