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  • Objectives
    The objectives of the Bachelor of Arts are to provide students with an outstanding education in the humanities, social sciences and languages as well as a broadunderstanding of selected fields of study outside these areas. The degree is designed so that a Bachelor of Arts graduate should be able to: * Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected fields of study in core disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and languages. * Reflect a general understanding of the concepts and principles of selected areas of study outside core disciplines of the humanities, social sciences and languages. * Access and appreciate national and international debates in their specialised areas of study. * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a * respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively and, in the case of those students undertaking a language major, to read, write and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural context. * Qualify for employment in a wide range of occupations. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and otherinformation technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Practical experience
    There is an internship component associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Politics & International Studies)
  • Course description
    Major

    Level 1 (25 points)

        * One Arts Foundational lnterdisciplinary Subject.
        * One level 1 subject from the list below.

    Level 2
    (37.5 points)

        * 37.5-points from the level 2 subjects listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to complete Social Science Research Methods.

    Level 3 (37.5 points)

        * 37.5-points from the level 3 subjects listed below, including the compulsory capstone subject.

    Minor
    Level 1
    (25 points)

        * One Arts Foundational lnterdisciplinary Subject.
        * One level 1 subject from the list below.

    Level 2
    (25 points)

        * 25-points from the level 2 subjects listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to complete Social Science Research Methods.


    Level 3 (25 points)

        * 25-points from the level 3 subjects listed below. Students completing a minor are not permitted to complete the capstone subject.

    Students who commenced the BA in 2008 may complete a major or minor in political science, or a major or minor in international studies.

    Level 1 subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-101  Australian Politics
    This subject is an introduction to Australia's political institutions including the Constitution, the High Court, Parliament, Cabinet and the Prime Minister, the bureaucracy and the Federal system. We will examine Australia's major politica...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-103  International Politics
    This subject provides students with an introduction to the actors, institutions, dynamics and key debates that make up international politics. It equips students to ‘go behind the news’ of world affairs and understand the deep...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-108  Introduction to Political Ideas
    An accessible survey of the most important ideas in Western political thinking since Plato and Aristotle, with emphasis on the major schools of thought since the eighteenth century "Enlightenment", especially those that have h...     Semester 2     12.50

    Level 2 subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-020  Contemporary Political Theory
    This subject examines the development of political theory in the last thirty years. It focuses on the emergence of key theoretical paradigms such as contemporary liberalism, communitarianism, multiculturalism, radical pluralism, post-structuralism an...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-022  Public Policy Making
    Who makes the public decisions that impact on all aspects of society? How do they make them? Is our society better off for the policies that result? These are the sorts of questions public policy analysts (government policy advisers, NGOs, and academ...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-032  Sexual Politics
    This subject introduces ideas developed in feminist theory about the social and political construction of areas of experience relating to the body, gender and sexuality. Issues analysed in the subject include transsexualism, reproduction, eating diso...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-274  Comparative Politics
    This subject introduces students to comparative politics. There are many different aspects of and approaches to comparative politics, but all agree that this involves comparing at least two - and often many more - units of political analysis (e.g. co...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-275  International Relations: Key Questions
    Global politics is one fundamental way of talking about human life on earth. This subject asks, and seeks systematically to answer, a wide range of related questions like: Who governs? Who provides? Who am 'I'? Who owns all this stuff? Who ...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-277  Media, Politics and Society     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    191-004  Social Science Research Methods
    This subject aims to provide 2nd year students with a critical appreciation of different ways of approaching, undertaking and assessing research in criminology, sociology and political science, and the humanities generally. It emphasises the importan...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-216  Terrorism: Shifting Paradigms
    This subject examines the various dimensions of "terrorism" and its manifestations in various parts of the world. The various theoretical perspectives on terrorism are examined with particular reference to the historical, psyc...     Semester 2     12.50

    Level 3 subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-013  Parliamentary Internship
    In this subject students will have active experience working for a Member of Parliament in the settings of Parliament, the Parliamentary Library, Parliamentary Offices and electorate offices. Each student will complete a research project for the Memb...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    166-044  Parliamentary Internship (Int.Students)
    In this subject students will have active experience working for a Member of Parliament in the settings of Parliament, the Parliamentary Library, Parliamentary Offices and electorate offices. Each student will complete a research project for an MP on...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    166-039  Public Affairs Internship (Int.Students)
    In this subject students will have active experience working for a senior person with a policy-making and management role in the organisation in which they are placed. The central task will be to complete a policy report of relevance to the organisat...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    166-043  Public Affairs Internship
    In this subject students will have active experience working for a senior person with a policy-making and management role in a local government, non-government or community-based organisation. Students will be required to use their own networks to ma...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    672-365  Change & Conflict in Australian Society
    An introduction to the study of social movements and the general issues raised by the problem of social change and political conflict. How and why do political changes occur? If social movements did not exist, would societies need to invent them? The...     Semester 1     12.50

    672-366  Political Economy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-369  Chinese Politics and Society
    This is a broad, historically-based survey course of Chinese politics. It is designed to offer an overview of and background to, contemporary Mainland Chinese politics and society. It is more historically oriented than many of the other survey course...     Semester 1     12.50

    672-373  International Gender Politics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-376  European Integration: Politics of the EU
    This subject aims to provide students with an in-depth analysis of the politics of the European Union (EU). It analyses the policy-making of the EU and examines the tensions of sovereignty and Europeanism in the attitudes of the member states and oth...     Semester 2     12.50

    672-377  Australian Foreign Relations
    This subject forms an introduction to Australian foreign relations, with reference to both global and regional issues affecting Australia. Topics will normally include the domestic politics of Australian foreign relations; Australia and the US; Austr...     Semester 1     12.50

    672-385  Political Communication
    This subject examines the role of communication systems in the constitution of contemporary political and social life. It pays particular attention to the new modes and means of political communication given the developments in information technologi...     Semester 2     12.50

    672-386  Global Environmental Politics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-390  Democracy, Terrorism and Violence     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    166-391  Global Movements: Protest and the Planet
    This subject explores ideologies and actions associated with contemporary social movements that operate on a global scale and have attracted international attention: indigenous, labour, green, animal rights, radical Islam, anti-trafficking, women&amp...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-392  On Country Learning: Indigenous Studies
    This subject provides an in depth study of the historic Indigenous political struggle for racial equality, land justice, heritage control, and for self determination, by focusing on the Yorta Yorta as a case study. It embraces a number of relevant In...     Semester 1     12.50

    Capstone subject
    This subject is compulsory at level 3 for all students completing a major in Politics and International Studies. Students completing the minor are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    166-301  Political Analysis: Ideas and Strategies
    This subject focuses on the ideas, methods and strategies which contribute to political analysis to outline a variety of ways of thinking politically and engaging in political research. It examines the major ideas and concepts which underpin differen...     Semester 2     12.50

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