Credit points: 15
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
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.
Prerequisites Successful completion of a level 1 POL or level 2 POL subject or with subject coordinator's approval
Incompatible subjectsPOL2DOP OR POL3DOP
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Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
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Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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