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Global Politics and Policy Research Paper (POL341)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description This capstone unit introduces students to structured academic research methods, conceptual analysis and evidence-based argument in political science, public policy and international relations. It aims to develop independent research and writing skills through the formulation and completion of a self-directed research paper. The emphasis is on understanding the craft of ethical research, including research for policy and impact, and the effective communication of research findings and argument.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO 1: Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to critically evaluate a variety of conceptual approaches and research methods for analysing politics and policy.
ULO 2: Demonstrate ability to undertake self-directed, ethical research in politics and policy.
ULO 3: Construct evidence-based arguments regarding the forces that shape politics and policy at global, national and local levels.
ULO 4: Clearly and persuasively communicate concepts, problems, findings and arguments in writing and orally.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops/Seminar: 2.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Core learning experiences will centre on students' own efforts at self-directed research and writing. This will be supported by: guided, close readings of significant pieces of research work within the Politics discipline and follow-up critical discussions in-class regarding different research methods and conceptual approaches; workshops on ethical, self-directed research, both academic and for policy and impact; feedback on a draft piece of writing; and a final conference at which students present their paper to peers and other invited students and academics to model effective communication to a broader audience.
Assessment Note; as this is a Capstone Unit no supplementary assessment is available.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Politics and International Studies Global Politics and Policy major and completion of a minimum of 48 points. Students enrolled in other majors must have completed at least 6 points of POL units and a minimum of 48 points
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed POL341 Governance and Politics in the 21st Centurymay not enrol in this unit for credit
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Global Politics and Policy
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Global Politics and Policy
Appears in these Minors Global Politics
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.


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Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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