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PL5110 - Government and Politics in Developing Areas

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

This comparative politics subject introduces students to a variety of analytical approaches to politics in the developing world. It compares the major political practices and institutions of various countries, their structures of government, the role of the military in politics, the bureaucracy, economic development, civil society and democratisation, political parties and participation, violence, opposition, and regional organisations such as ASEAN and APEC. Because of the region's importance to Australia, the subject focuses on the Asia-Pacific, but students may choose to work on the developing world elsewhere (eg Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe).

Learning Outcomes

  • broaden students horizons on and appreciation of the different political systems and practices;
  • enhance students skills in approaches to comparative political studies;
  • enhance students skills in research and writing in the discipline of political science;
  • provide students with the ability to analyse and evaluate political events in developing countries more critically;
  • value students own political system against others.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • 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 speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PL2110 and PL3110

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Surin Maisrikrod.
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: Assoc. Professor Surin Maisrikrod.
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
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Surin Maisrikrod.
Method of Delivery: andCDROMWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); weekly commentaries and essays (50%).

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.