Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores issues of central relevance to contemporary politics. Each year the focus of the subject is adapted to reflect the latest global developments in contemporary politics. Topics will draw on the expertise of teaching staff and be selected based on their relevance and interest to students.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNiamatullah Ibrahimi

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar discussions, examinations, online activities and essay

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of level two subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Prescribed readings will be provided to students electronically.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorPrescribed readings will be provided to students electronically.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply a social science perspective to local and global issues
02. Compare and contrast political authorities on central issues in politics and international relations.
03. Critical examination of seminal texts.
04. Trace the role of ideas in the evolution of global political development.

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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-ordinatorNiamatullah Ibrahimi

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours lecture per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research essay (2,500 words)This is a summative piece of assessment that tests students' analytical, research, critical and communication skills, and how well they have engaged with the core themes and ideas of the subject.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

1 x take-home exam (approx 1600 words)This assessment task develops students' understanding of key themes/concepts in this course and prepares them for more critical, problem-based tasks in the final assessment.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online exercises (equivalent to 400 words)These online exercises aim to keep students engaged with reading material and subject content.

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4