This course is designed to provide you with an experience in undertaking a reading course or a research project focused on Politics and International Relations. Politics and International Relations is the study of relationships among countries, the roles of sovereign states, inter-governmental organisations (IGO), non-governmental organisations (NGO), and multinational corporations (MNC). In this course, you will choose a topic that focuses on a theme, problem, or issue in International Relations on which you will undertake research and analysis.
|Independent Study/Research – Total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours||150hrs||Week 1||Once Only|
Set independently under supervision with the Course Coordinator
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Contribute and engage in course content discussions with Course Coordinator during discussion forums.||Engaged|
|2||Demonstrate research, critical analysis skills, and argument development in political science research methodologies.||Knowledgeable|
|3||Demonstrate research, critical analysis skills, and argument development in essay papers and during discussion and forum sessions.||
Creative and critical thinker
|4||Apply scholarly writing, research and appropriate reference styles.||Empowered|
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At least 16 courses with a GPA of at least 5.7 and permission required for enrolment - please contact the Course Coordinator.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Early feedback is provided in meetings with the Course Coordinator on research and writing. Feedback is provided both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||To Supervisor|
|All||2||Literature Review (or component)||Individual||50%||
|Week 10||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Participation|
Actively prepare for and then engage in discussions with the Course Coordinator and constructively respond to course content questions, theories and practices.
Discussions and forums with the Course Coordinator (and other students where relevant) will be conducted throughout the semester and provide an opportunity to extend your understanding though an exchange of views, discussion, and debate. Participation is assessed on active and informed engagement. Your contribution needs to be informed. Asserting opinions without providing evidence in support or wandering too far from the set topics will not constitute informed participation. Preparation for the sessions will require reading and research and thinking about the issues highlighted for discussion.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Project 1 - Literature Review|
For you to research, analyse, write and submit a Literature Review
|Product:||Literature Review (or component)|
3000 words - Project 1 is a Literature Review on a theme, issue or problem of your choice. The paper will be written as a formal academic written piece. The topic will be chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator. You are to review at least 20 different sources on this topic.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Project 2|
For you to research, analyse, write and submit a Major Essay
2000 words - Project 2 will further develop your research into the topic of your Literature Review. In this task you will analyse this topic and develop an argumentative essay identifying gaps, problems, and limitations in the literature you have engaged and ways that these could be overcome via further research. The paper will be written as a formal academic essay.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
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