VICTORIAN PARLIAMENTARY INTERNSHIP

POL3VPI

2020

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject gives six 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. Please note, only a very limited number of places are available in this subject each year, so enrolment is by invitation only. Please contact the subject coordinator for details on how to apply.






SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be a 3rd year student doing the Politics major, the ABIR, or the LBPPE or the LWLPPE. Enrolment only with subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects POL3DPO

Special conditionsN/A

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)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Off Campus

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

Industry Based Learning-Off Site Week: 31 - 43
Seven 4.0 hours industry based learning-off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Six students only -- enrolment only with subject coordinator's approval."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
6,000 word reportThis report is a substantial and systematic work of applied research on a topic relevant to the interests of a member of the Parliament of Victoria.70 01, 03
2,000 word reflective essayThis assessment gives students the opportunity to reflect on their experiences during the semester, identifying the key insights they have gained about research and politics.30 01, 03