Beyond Lies and Spin: Why Politics Matters
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- 01 Mar 2021
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding that there are different approaches to political studies and provide a meaningful and coherent answer to the question 'What is Politics';
- apply an understanding of key concepts used in the analysis of politics including power, authority, legitimacy and the state;
- demonstrate an understanding of disciplinary standards in political science, especially ethical standards of conduct used in the analysis of politics;
- demonstrate an understanding of the significance of politics for dealing with local, regional and global problems and issues;
- evaluate and synthesise evidence from a range of sources to analyse various political problems and issues; and
- display analytical and written communication skills through the planning and execution of a written assignment in which they apply key concepts to the analysis of a political problem.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
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- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Politics is not what is presented on the television news. This subject encourages students to reflect on the fundamental importance of politics for understanding and dealing with the pressing challenges of our times. Students will be introduced to key ideas such as power, the state, participation and conflict. Through these and other concepts and their practical application to topics such as inequality and disadvantage, environmental destruction, war and social justice, students will be assisted to think politically about contemporary dilemmas that impact on all our lives. Illustrative material will be drawn from Australia as well as other regions around the world.
Assessment 1 Online Quiz: 1000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 2-3,5 Assessment 2 Online Quiz: 1000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-2,4 Assessment 3 Essay: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6
Current study term: 28 Feb 21 to 28 May 21
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