DEMOCRACIES AND DICTATORSHIPS: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS

POL1AUP

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

 The discipline of politics concerns itself with key concepts of power, justice and order. It addresses questions of how societies are organised politically; how power and resources are distributed; and the impact these choices have on the rights and livelihoods of people. This subject introduces students to the key concepts and analytical tools of the discipline of politics. It examines the major institutions, ideas and structures that are central to understanding politics. This subject also introduces students to comparative approaches to politics by examining Australia's political system and those found in other states. In doing so, this subject will enable students to understand politics in a global context, including the diversity of values and perspectives that underpin modern political systems. This subject addresses Latrobe's Global Citizenship essential.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBec Strating

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level for a Politics major in the Bachelor of Arts degree (ABA).

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsComparative Government and Politics: An IntroductionPrescribedRod Hague, Martin Harrop and John McCormick10TH ED., MACMILLAN 2016.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To understand the key disciplinary ideas and conceptual tools for studying and understanding politics in both Australia and globally.

Activities:
Annotated bibliography and essay plan, Major essay; on-going LMS exercises; tutorials and lectures
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication 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

02. To identify the core political institutions of democratic and non-democratic governments across the globe.

Activities:
Annotated bibliography and essay plan; Major essay; tutorials and lectures
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. To be able to compare the core political institutions, ideas and activities across diverse states globally.

Activities:
Annotated bibliography and essay plan; Major essay, ongoing LMS activities, tutorials and lectures
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
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. To build the critical academic skills necessary to develop an argument based on scholarly research.

Activities:
Annotated bibliography and essay plan; Major Essay
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
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBec Strating

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Major essay - 1600Major essay to be submitted through turnitin30 02, 03, 04
On-going LMS/tutorial activities (equivalent to 1200 words)Online assessments linked with in class activities30 01, 02, 03
Annotated bibliography and essay plan (equivalent 1200 words)Critical evaluations of readings to be used for major essay, essay introduction, plan and bibliography40 01, 02, 03, 04