DOING POLITICS

POL2DOP

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject  students majoring in Politics  are encouraged to reflect upon the discipline, consolidate their knowledge and skills and explore the practical application of these skills to the world beyond the university. Through a series of dynamic, action-oriented readings, lectures and seminars, students will survey, analyse and discuss different traditions, behaviours and practices in the discipline and the world of work. Topics covered include political communication (written, visual and oral), political leadership, negotiation, decision-making and political activism. Students will be assessed on a variety of activities and tasks including their ability to produce a piece of written political communication, a short piece of political analysis, lead an online group discussion, deliver a short oral presentation to your peers as well as various classroom based activities



SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Successful completion of a first year Politics subject or approval of subject coordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL3DOP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Discipline SpecificOnline reading materialPrescribed00000000

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply and demonstrate critical thinking, inquiry/research and problem solving skills in order to understand the dynamics of social change, generate new ideas and assess and manage risks.

Activities:
Analytical Task, Group Work Assignment, Seminar participation, Political Communication Essay, Online Journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,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)

02. Contribute meaningfully to critical discussions and debates about the discipline of politics and the nature of political work, including the capacity to apply theory and locate and synthesise diverse knowledge resources.

Activities:
Seminar participation, Analytical Task, Political Communication Essay, Group Work, Online Journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
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 major political communication project that demonstrates the innovative use of a variety of communicative and behavioural methods and skills relevant to politics, for example, written, visual and spoken communication, negotiation, persuasion and influence, time management, organisation.

Activities:
Political Communication Essay, Online Journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

04. Collaborate and effectively communicate in teams to develop creative ideas and solve complex political problems; develop skills in forging partnerships and networks that are the basis for effective political action.

Activities:
Group Work Assignment, Seminar
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
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)

05. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to the study of politics and political work in order to understand and achieve positive social change.

Activities:
Group Work Assignment, Seminar, Online Journal .
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
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, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

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.

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One group work assignment (equivalent to 900 words)Task involves oral and visual presentation in workshops, focused on solving a key political problem of the groups# choosing20 05, 03, 04
One major political communication piece (1800 words) Students complete a piece of political communication on a topic and in a format of their choice. The exercise aims to develop their knowledge and confidence in using alternative forms of communication other than essay-writing (for example, writing feature articles, opinion pieces for the press, fiction, political manifestos), while consolidating their critical, research and problem-solving skills. ,40 03, 02, 05, 04
Online journal including peer review (equivalent to 300 words)Students will be required to post substantive answers on set questions covering key modules during the semester. They must also post substantive responses to at least two other students# posts per module during semester.15 04, 05, 03
One piece of political analysis (equivalent to 1000 words)Students will analyse a political issue and present their findings in a report format. Assessment develops and evaluates their analytic, critical and problem-solving skills, and their capacity to use professional communication formats like report-writing.25 03, 01, 04