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Public Policy and International Affairs Foundations (SWM649)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Description This unit is the foundation of the Capstone experience and a core unit for all students in the Sir Walter Murdoch School. It focuses on big policy challenges facing the world at both the national and international level, and examines several specific theoretical and practical approaches to resolving them. Students attain an integrated understanding of public policy and international affairs and the key issues facing political development through applying these approaches to specific case studies.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should have the capacity to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of disciplinary knowledge specific to international affairs, international development and public policy.
2. Critically apply disciplinary knowledges to the principal contemporary developments in public policy, development and international affairs.
3. Use key disciplinary concepts, analytical and evaluative skills to investigate the issues surrounding the provision and management of public goods.
4. To present a clear and coherent exposition of evidence, analysis, evaluation, ideas and argument both in writing and orally, individually and/or in collaborative contexts.
5. Effectively communicate key dimensions of contemporary debates and competing perspectives surrounding the provision and management of public goods, and alternative approaches to development and policy.
Timetabled Learning Activities The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured timetable learning via weekly lectures and tutorials with semi-structured group exercises, including student presentations. Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; Tutorials: 1.5 hours per week; Seminar; 1x 3 hour seminar in week 6. 33 hours total contact time.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of structured timetable learning via weekly lectures and 1.5 hour-long weekly tutorials with semi-structured group exercises, including student presentations.
Assessment Assessment for the unit will be via a group oral presentation including supporting materials (30%), ongoing tutorial participation (10%), an essay plan submission (10%); a major essay (30%), and an invigilated 2 hour closed book exam (20%). The relative weightings reflect not just the nature of the exercise but also the different tasks involved: the group presentation tests collaborative work and personal experience of students, the tutorial participation measures their capacity to synthesise and discuss academic literature, the plan assesses students' ability to develop research strategies and structure an argument; the (resultant) major essay is a formal scholarly paper directly testing some of the cases and concepts introduced in class, and the exam requires both short and essay-length answers
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of International Affairs, Master of International Affairs and Security, Master of Development Studies, or Master of Public Policy and Management.
Exclusions Students who have completed SWM644 Public Policy and International Affairs Foundation may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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 Yvonne Haigh
Senior Lecturer in Policy and Governance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2991
e: Y.Haigh@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.014 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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