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Democracy, Dictatorship and Capitalism (POL228)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Capitalism + Democracy has long been understood as a perfect recipe to stable political and economic growth and the best home for business and global investment. But with global financial crisis and democratic stagnation, is the legitimacy of this marriage now in trouble? In this course, we examine the unique developmental paths of Southeast Asian countries to ask whether Capitalism and Democracy really are the perfect pair and what Southeast Asia might tell us about where the West is heading.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students will:
1. Demonstrate coherent knowledge of a variety of theoretical approaches to explain political and economic change.
2. Apply theories of political change to country case studies and extend and develop the analyses to explain contemporary problems in politics.
3. Construct evidence-based arguments, clearly and persuasively communicated, using a variety of sources, that explain political and economic change in a given context in a way that acknowledges complexity.
4. Demonstrate the capacity to think across cultures and contexts in discussing and debating theories of political and economic change.
5. Show an emerging capacity to develop innovative and imaginative approaches to enduring problems in the study of political and economic change through a range of practical exercises and written work.

Timetabled Learning Activities 2.5 hr workshop
Unit Learning Experiences The academic- and guest expert-led lectures introduce students to key concepts, issues, debates and key literature in the field. This unit moves away from a traditional lecture/tutorial format to a workshop style wherein the lecturer provides content on core theories and debates and students engage with that material through supervised individual and group work in class. For this reason, preparation and in class participation is key to successful learning in this unit. The workshops are complemented by self-directed learning assessments that assists with reviewing and recalling core concepts and theories as well as developing more sophisticated research, critical analysis and writing skills. Independent written assessments include an academic research paper comparing theoretical approaches to democratic regime change and a supervised 2 hour exam. Readings are available as a printed reader from the bookshop or online through the LMS system, enabling flexible study preparation.
Other Learning Experiences Students will be asked to complete either online or in-class a coalition building simulation in Week 8. The simulation will run for the duration of the workshop. Students will be required to prepare for the simulation with readings and other exercises.
Assessment Student learning will be assessed across four tasks. 1) Quizzes demonstrate the development of coherent knowledge on a variety of theoretical approaches to the study of political change. 2) The participation mark evaluates student capacity to engage innovatively and imaginatively with the problems of political change through the exercises and discussion in the workshop 3) A clearly communicated written essay where students construct an argument that applies a theory of political change to a chosen case study, 4) A 2 hour written examination where students demonstrate a coherent grasp on theoretical approaches to the study of political change and an ability to apply those theories to issues in contemporary politics in Southeast Asia.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed POL228 Democracy and Political Change, POL257 Authoritarianism and Democracy or POL357 Democracy and Political Change may not enrol in this unit for credit
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Global Business and Politics (BCom) [New in 2019]
Global Politics and Policy
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
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 Jacqui Baker
Lecturer in Southeast Asian Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6228
e: Jacqui.Baker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.060 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Jacqui Baker
Lecturer in Southeast Asian Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6228
e: Jacqui.Baker@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.060 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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