Course Coordinator:Stefanie Fishel (email@example.com) School:School of Law and Society
UniSC Sunshine Coast
|Blended learning||Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.|
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The United States of America, as the world's only superpower, plays a dominant role in international politics. Its system of government, constitution and democratic model have provided examples for many states including Australia. This course will examine the development of the major political institutions of the United States and consider some important contemporary political issues. It will then examine the role the United States plays in international politics.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 2 hour||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
Introduction to Class
Constitutional Amendments Part 1
Constitutional Amendments Part 2
Civil Rights Part 1
Civil Rights Part 2
Three Branches: Congress
Three Branches: Executive
Three Branches: Judiciary
US Foreign Policy
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 academic staff and peers during tutorials.||
|2||Discuss, explain and describe US political history and practice including actors, institutions, processes, key events.||Knowledgeable|
|3||Demonstrate research, critical analysis skills, and argument development in essay papers, tutorials and verbally during the tutorial and in written assignments.||
Creative and critical thinker
|4||Apply scholarly writing, research and reference practice in the field of Politics and International Relations.||Empowered|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. 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. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and scope.
|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)||Online Discussion Board|
|All||2||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||30%||
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
1500-2000 word research essay
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Discussion Board|
You will actively prepare for and then engage in classroom discussions and constructively respond to course content questions, theories and practices through the weekely readings. These will be used to support the final assessment essay.
This is a 250 word class discussion entry based on the class readings. Student will submit and respond to an online discussion posts Weeks 2-11. Preparation for tutorials will require reading from the required and recommended reading list for the week's tutorial and thinking about the issues highlighted for tutorial focus. This discussion post aids in tutorial discussion.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Midterm exam|
Students will apply their knowledge from course readings in short essay format for the first half of the class.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
A take home essay in two parts. Part 1 will ask the student to analyse two current events using class readings and learning materials. Part 2 will ask students to pick two short essay questions to answer.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Final Reflection Essay|
To draw out and elaborate on a key topic (or topics) of the course which interest you most. Re-read and reflect on your weekly reading summaries. Ponder a constellation of themes or issues which you have explored across the whole span of the semester.
Write a short but well-thought-out essay of approximately 1500-2000 words discussing some aspect of class themes or issues. Student will draw upon Assessment 1 discussion blogs, class readings, class materials and some outside research as necessary.
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. 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.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Richard M. Valelly||2013||American Politics: A Very Short Introduction||n/a||Oxford University Press|
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Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
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