Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you are encouraged to reflect upon what you have learned about politics throughout your degree, consolidate your knowledge and skills, and explore their practical applications. Through a series of action-oriented readings, seminars and workshops, you will analyse and discuss different traditions, behaviours and practices in the politics discipline and the world of work. Topics include political communication (written, visual and oral), political leadership, negotiation, decision-making and activism. You will be assessed over a variety of tasks including the production of a piece of written political communication, a short piece of political analysis, personal reflections and team work. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Assessment seeks to develop your ability to tackle problems creatively and effectively, take calculated risks and create positive change that benefits you personally and the globe as a whole.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesAnalytical report, group work assignment, seminar participation, political communication project, reflective journal entry.Students apply ethical and cultural awareness in seminar participation and all aspects of assessment.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Successful completion of a level 1 POL or level 2 POL subject or with subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsPOL2DOP OR POL3DOP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
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
03. Demonstrate 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.
04. Collaborate and effectively communicate to develop creative ideas and solve complex political problems; develop skills in forging partnerships and networks that are the basis for effective political action.
05. Apply ethical and cultural awareness in order to understand and achieve positive social change.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
Twelve 3.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One piece of political analysis in report format (equivalent to 1500 wordsStudents 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.


One reflective piece on group work in negotiation scenario (500 words)Task involves students working in teams to devise a campaign aimed at solving a specific political problem. Assessment involves teamwork and a visual presentation presented online to class. 5% of grade is peer assessed.


One major political communication project & accompanying reflective journal entry (2,000 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.