VICTORIAN PARLIAMENTARY INTERNSHIP

POL3VPI

2016

Credit points: 30

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. 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 gives students the opportunity to complete a research internship at the Victorian Parliament. Students will work with the Parliamentary Library and a Member of Parliament to complete an original piece of research on a contemporary issue in law or public policy. Students will also attend seminars and workshops throughout the semester run by staff from La Trobe, the Parliamentary Library and other Victorian universities to help them manage the research process. The internship aims to give students the opportunity to develop higher-level research skills, to enhance their ability to engage in critical thinking on issues of contemporary importance, and to further enhance their understanding of the political system and the policy process.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be a 3rd year Politics major or enrolled in LBPPE. Must have completed relevant 1st and 2nd year core units relevant to their major or their degree

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects N/A

Equivalent subjects Equivalent to POL3DOP

Special conditions Entry is by application only, success to be determined by subject co-ordinator and at least one other Politics staff member

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify an issue or problem of relevance to Victorian politics

Activities:
Communication with academic and parliamentary supervisors, workshop participants and peers and completion of reports and essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Produce a project dealing with an issue or problem of relevance to Victorian politics

Activities:
Research and analysis of an issue or problem in consultation with Victorian MPs, parliamentary staff and academic supervisor
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size6

Enrolment information Quota limit set by Victorian parliament Co-ordinator will call for and assess applications. Approval for entry into program will be limited to six per year.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 100.0 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 15.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
6,000 word report75 01, 03
2,000 word reflective essay25 01, 03