Introduction to Politics (9548.1)
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|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
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|Canberra School Of Politics, Economics And Society||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Introduction to Political Studies has nine Learning Outcomes (LOs). Students successful in achieving these LOs will contribute to their development of five distinct Graduate Attributes (GAs).
This first year unit, offered online, has three assessments - each supported by criteria and rubrics that have been mapped to the LOs and GAs. Introduction to Political Studies can, in this way, demonstrate the validity of its assessment design.
Further to this, each assessment addresses at least one of the Personal Attributes (PAs) that the University of Canberra requires students to develop.
Details of how each assessment addresses LOs, GAs, and PAs can be found under Assessments in this Unit Outline.
- 675 Politics and Democracy
Equivalent units675 Politics and Democracy
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There is no mandatory textbook for this unit. However, a number of textbooks available to students online through the University library are recommended in this unit's Welcome segment.
Students must carefully read and engage all of the readings affixed to each topic in this unit.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Online, through Moodle, using Urkund.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
It is expected that you will be curious to know what your fellow students think about what we're learning, that you will take the initiative to start a conversation on the Moodle page for the unit, and that you will demonstrate sufficient foresight to do this in advance of submitting your assessments.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
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