Power and Politics - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Written Assignment (45%) , Assignment 2 - Written Assignment (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This is a unit designed to help you understand the meaning of political power and empower you politically. If you are one of those people who say, "I'm not into politics", this unit will help you change your mind. You will be alerted to how the words, issues and activities of politicians and those who are in government have meaning and relevance to you and your life, and the lives of the people around you. Politics is not separable from the world that you and your family live in and the study of political power will help you to see and understand how politics penetrates every aspect of your life. This is because politics is about the exercise of power - Who has it? Who wants it? Who deserves it? And most importantly - who misses out? We are all into politics even if we do not know it because we have no choice. But the more we know the more we can all benefit (individually and collectively) because learning how politics works and learning about the political skills necessary to negotiate power relations is one of the greatest insights our university education can give us. We look at the politics of class, crisis, culture, the military and violence, and what the meaning of citizenship in a transnational world really is?

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of political sociology and awareness of trends in politics;
  2. identify and canvass political problems;
  3. apply theoretical lessons and empirical studies to political situations; and
  4. use exercise generic skills in the area of research, analysis and critical evaluation, problem solving, written communication and team work skills.
  • Assignment 1 — Written Assignment (45%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written Assignment (45%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Power and Politics
2Thinking About Thinking Politically
3Society in the Midst of Econonic Crisis
4Power, Life and Politics
5The End of the Nation-State?
6No Class?
7From the Zapatistas to #OWS PLUS
8Networks of Terror
9Complex Citizenship
10Global Civil Society: Dream or Reality
11A Complex World

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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