CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ECONOMY

POL2PPE

2017

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to contemporary political economy. The major schools of political economy are examined with the student then choosing one of the schools as a means to better understand a particular event, issue or public policy challenge. The subject offers a pluralist introduction to the study of economic phenomena from a distinctively political and philosophical perspective. It has been specifically designed for students doing La Trobe's Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics but is also open to any student that has completed the first-year subject POL1PPE Politics,Philosophy and Economics.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTim Thornton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites POL1PPE - the cornerstone subject in Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. POL1PPE is open all students at La Trobe. It had enrolments of 150+ thus it can be expected to provide viable enrolments for POL2PPE.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

02. Gain an understanding of the major schools of contemporary economy with an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of each school

Activities:
Assessed and developed via weekly online quizzes, tutorial presentation, research essay and final exam
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Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Apply the approach of a particular school to understand a particular event, issue or public policy challenge

Activities:
Assessed and developed via research essay and tutorial discussion
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Demonstrate an awareness of how political economy is related to politics, philosophy and economics

Activities:
Assessed and developed via weekly online quizzes, tutorial presentation, research essay and final exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTim Thornton

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online quizzes. 1 per week for 10 weeks (equivalent to 500 words)Each quiz is worth 1% and will be relatively quick (less than 15 minutes) to complete10 02
Tutorial presentation (equivalent to 500 words)Students will present in pairs. Particular emphasis will be given on developing the students teamwork and speaking skills10 02, 04
Research essay (equivalent to 2,000 words)50 02, 03, 04
1.5 hour final exam (equivalent to 1,000 words)30 02, 03, 04