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Global Politics and Policy (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Global Politics and Policy (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Business and Governance
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Academic Chair: Dr Ian Cook | Email: I.Cook@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6117

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Politics and Policy
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description The global politics and policy major provides an in-depth understanding of political power, public policy, political institutions, ideas and processes, and their transformations around the world at the national and global levels.. This major will prepare students to live and work in a globalized environment in which global events influence domestic politics and policy, and vice versa. The major provides our students with the knowledge and skills needed to deal with complex problems in a diverse and interconnected world.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Major Learning Outcomes Knowledge
Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Global Politics and Policy demonstrate the abilities to:

MLO 1: synthesise the disciplinary knowledges of political science in relation to global politics, political institutions and processes, public policy and political economy;
MLO 2: analyse the shifting contexts of the major political and policy challenges that confront global and national political actors and institutions; and
MLO 3: evaluate the ways in which political, institutional and policy transformation are shaped both by context and by domestic and global interactions.

Skills
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Global Politics and Policy are:

MLO 4: effective communicators able to present clear, coherent and rigorous expositions of evidence, analysis, evaluation, ideas and argument in written and oral form, individually and/or in collaborative contexts
MLO 5: effective researchers able to undertake political and policy research including collecting, analysing, interpreting and evaluating evidence and data; and
MLO 6: work cooperatively with fellow students and collaborators from a range of backgrounds in team/project contexts.

Application
Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts majoring in Global Politics and Policy will:

MLO 7: Recognise issues of social justice and diversity that relate to complex, political and policy challenges faced by global and national political and policy actors;
MLO 8: Apply ethical and professional standards to the work of political scientists.
MLO 9: Demonstrate interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity; and
MLO 10: Practise personal autonomy and accountability including the ability to think critically and ethically, and the capacity to give and receive constructive, critical advice.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Graduates are suited to employment ininternational diplomacy, parliamentary offices, public administration, journalism, teaching, research, advocacy, international business and corporate management.
Recommended Double Majors Asian Studies; Australian Indigenous Studies; Economics; History; International Aid and Development; Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies; Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (OUA)
Recommended Minors Asian Studies; Gender Studies; International Aid and Development; Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Excluded Minors Critical and Human Security; Public Policy; Politics
Main research areas Politics, power, international political economy, globalisation, political theory. democratisation, public policy, global governance, social justice, Australian politics, Asian politics.
Languages and Writing Skills Global Politics and Policy students are strongly encouraged to include a writing unit in their selection of a general elective at either Part I or Part II. It is also recommended that students consider studying a language other than English, with Indonesian, Japanese, Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek all available at Murdoch.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

POL133 Politics, Power and Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL134 Global Justice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL161 Understanding International Politics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

POL228 Democracy and Political Change - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL298 International Political Economy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL246 Public Policy Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.


Recommended General Electives:
POL237 Terrorism and Political Violence in South Asia - 3 points [MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external]

POL226 Sex and Gender Matters - 3 points [MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external]

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 3 credit points

POL341 Governance and Politics in the 21st Century - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

POL331 Democracy in Doubt - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL332 Global Policy and Administration - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL333 Transformations in the Global Order - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.
Recommended General Electives:


POL334 Middle East Politics and Security - 3 points [MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external]

POL334 Middle East Politics and Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL338 Politics and Security in South-East Asia: Terrorists, Gangsters and the State - 3 points [MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external]

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points [MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external]

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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