Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this final year core subject, students majoring in Politics are provided with the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned about the discipline, to consolidate their theoretical and methodological skills and to explore the practical application of such skills in the world beyond the university. Students will consider different traditions in the discipline, the diverse nature of political work and the various ways in which the academic discipline informs the practice of politics. Topics covered include political communication (eg. speeches and speech-writing, report-writing and political advertising) the characteristics of leadership, negotiation and diplomacy, political activism. Students will be assessed on a variety of skills and outcomes including their ability to produce a substantive piece of political communication.

FacultyFaculty 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 POL2PID or 30 credit points of Politics at 2nd year level; or coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third-year level for a politics major

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One group exercise on political activism (equivalent to 1000 words)25
One major political communication piece including short oral presentation (1500 word equivalent)35
One online group facilitation exercise based on reading (500 word equivalent)15
One piece of political analysis (equivalent to 1000 words)25