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Politics, Power and Policy (POL133)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
OUA: OUA1-external, OUA3-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description What is politics? Who has power? What shapes policy? This unit introduces students to key ideas, theories and debates relating to domestic and global political institutions and processes and their broader intersection. It then examines how these ideas, theories and debates shape major contemporary political and policy questions such as: inequality and injustice; gender and class; security and human rights; violence and peace; capital flows; people flows; imperialism, globalisation and the Global North/South divide; and climate change.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and debates in politics, political institutions and processes, and public policy, including their contested character.
LO2: Discuss the complexities of political and policy change, recognising how these processes are shaped by changing domestic and global interactions and contexts.
LO3: Evaluate major political and policy challenges confronting global and national political actors and institutions.
LO4: Construct logical and evidence based arguments
LO5: Manage and interpret empirical material
LO6: Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.

Timetabled Learning Activities 2 hour lecture (comprising interactive lecture and audio-visual material (where appropriate) and 1 hour workshop each week.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is based around an interactive lecture and tutorial each week. The lecture components provide broader overviews and seek to make sense of the material in terms of the different perspectives on politics, power and policy. The tutorial then allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts, theories and practices studied and offer opportunities to apply them to their society and their lives.
Assessment Workbook 1 (30%)

Workbook 2 (30%)

2 hour Exam 40%
Prerequisites Nil.
Previously 2016: 'Introduction to Politics'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Global Security (BGS) [New in 2019]
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Global Politics and Policy
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Global Politics and Policy
Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Teaching Area
Appears in these Minors Critical and Human Security
Public Policy
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Victoria Mason
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7518
e: V.Mason@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.015 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Victoria Mason
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7518
e: V.Mason@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.015 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus

OUA: OUA1-External
OUA: OUA3-External
Ms Kersti Niilus
P/T Teaching

e: K.Niilus@murdoch.edu.au
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