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Introduction to Politics (9548.1)

Level: Undergraduate First Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Government & Policy

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    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 10, 2016, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (150159) - View
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    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 4, 2016, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (153034) - View
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    • Semester 1, 2016, ONLINE, BRUCE (154071) - View
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    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 1, 2016, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (153474) - View
    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 12, 2015, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (138314) - View
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    • Semester 2, 2015, ONLINE, BRUCE (146358) - View
    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 7, 2015, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (138320) - View
    • Winter Term, 2015, ONLINE, BRUCE (146359) - View
    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 6, 2015, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (138319) - View
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    Syllabus

    This is a survey unit that will assist students advance into the political science discipline, such as politics, comparative politics, international politics, or political theory. This unit will survey the different ways in which political scientists study the phenomena of politics and will deepen student understanding of political life as both a thinker and a citizen. The goal of this unit is to introduce students to the discipline's concepts, terminology, and methods and to explore instances of applied political science through real world examples.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Describe and evaluate the concepts of power, legitimacy, and authority;

    2. Distinguish between traditional and behavioural approaches to the study of politics;

    3. Discuss general approaches to the study of politics, such as political philosophy, political systems theory, and political economy;

    4. Examine the nature of political participation from a comparative perspective;

    5. Identify the role and functions of political parties and the different types of party systems from a comparative perspective;

    6. Identify and evaluate the principles of authoritarian and totalitarian governments;

    7. Discuss and explain the origins and principles of Democratic Capitalism, Democratic Socialism, Marxist Socialism, National Socialism, Fascism, and third world ideologies;

    8. Describe and analyse the causes of international conflict; and

    9. Analyse current critical issues in international relationships.

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