POLITICS IN OUR TIME

POL3HON

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students with powerful insights into some of the most important concepts, ideas and events to have shaped the course of contemporary politics. Framed by the writings of some of the most influential thinkers of our age, students will engage with the complex ideological and philosophical underpinnings of concepts such as power, democracy, violence, totalitarianism, justice and multiculturalism. Student learning is achieved through close readings of key texts, a series of dynamic seminars and complementary online activities. Assessment is primarily based on a major essay and a take-home exam with additional online assessments. This subject is strongly recommended for students wishing to proceed to Politics honours or postgraduate studies, but it will also appeal to students with a strong interest in political ideas and contemporary politics.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of at least one second year POL subject. or approval of subject coordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Age of ExtremesRecommendedHobsbawm, 2014Abacus

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply a social science perspective to local and global issues

Activities:
Seminar discussions, examinations, online activities and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Compare and contrast political authorities on central issues in politics and international relations.

Activities:
Seminar discussions, examinations, online activities and essay
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
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Critical examination of seminal texts.

Activities:
Seminar discussions, examinations, online activities and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Trace the role of ideas in the evolution of global political development.

Activities:
Seminar discussions, examinations, online activities and essay
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

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

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

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (2,500 words)This is a summative piece of assessment that tests students' analytical, research, critical and communication skills, and how well they have engaged with the core themes and ideas of the subject.50 01, 02, 03, 04
1 x take-home exam (approx 1600 words)This assessment task develops students' understanding of key themes/concepts in this course and prepares them for more critical, problem-based tasks in the final assessment.35 02, 01, 03, 04
Online exercises (equivalent to 400 words)These online exercises aim to keep students engaged with reading material/subject content and themes on a regular basis. Some activities may include peer discussion and review.15 01, 02, 03, 04