Politics and International Relations

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Politics and International Relations

Advanced coursework

Advanced Coursework requires completion of a minimum of 24 credit points, including:
(i) 24 credit points of advanced coursework stream core units of study; and
(ii) a research, community, industry or entrepreneurship project of at least 12 and up to 24 credit points.

Advanced Coursework stream core units of study

GOVT4603 Wicked Problems and Policy Innovation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 24 credit points at 3000-level in the Politics and International Relations stream, including GOVT3601 and a minimum of 126 credit points Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent policy briefing (presentation) (15%), 1x3500wd final policy analysis (70%), participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students have encountered the study of public policy and administration in theory as well as practice. This unit builds on, and challenges, their understanding by looking at wicked problems: those that are multi-dimensional, multi-scalar, and inter-disciplinary. It encourages them to engage deeply with the challenges of contemporary policy-making. Because the topics are "wicked", the approach to them will be flipped so that rather than going from the general to the specific, the reverse will be the case. Students will be challenged to take what appears to be a simple problem, but as it is a sub-set of a broader and more complex set of issues, to go from a narrow to broad conception of it.
Textbooks
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GOVT4604 Advanced Topics in Politics and IR

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 24 credit points at 3000-level in the Politics and International Relations stream, including GOVT3601 and a minimum of 126 credit points Assessment: 2x750wd short provocation writen responses (30%), 1x3000wd extended masterclass response (55%), participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit presents a set of four 'master classes' on contemporary issues in politics and international relations. Each master class is taught by an expert in the field, using the latest high-level literature on the topic as a base line to establish the topic, look at conventional and unconventional understandings of the topic, and provide a foundation for students to explore the topic using their own understandings of theory and practice in politics and international relations. At the end of the course, the students will have produced a series of provocative responses to the master class topics, and a depth analysis of one topic of their choice.
Textbooks
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Advanced Coursework stream project units of study

GOVT4611 Politics and IR Project

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/semester, 6x1hr supervision meetings/semester, 1x2hr group meeting/semester, 16x1hr team-work meetings/semester Prerequisites: 24 credit points at 3000-level in the Politics and International Relations stream, including GOVT3601 and a minimum of 126 credit points Prohibitions: GOVT4612 or GOVT4622 Assessment: 1x1000wd literature review (15%), 1x1500wd interim report (25%), 1x10 min stakeholder presentation (10%), 1x2500wd final report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Supervision
This unit, an integral part of the fourth year Politics and International Relations Stream, takes the form of a customised 3-4 person team-based project under the supervision of an academic staff member in the Department. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through application to a problem-orientated project task in the field of Politics and International Relations.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
GOVT4612 Politics and IR Project (12cp)

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminar/semester, 8x1.5hr supervision meetings/semester, 1x4hr group meeting/semester, 32x1hr team-work meetings/semester Prerequisites: A minimum of 126 credit points with 24 credit points at 3000-level in the Politics and International Relations stream, including GOVT3601 Prohibitions: GOVT4622 Assessment: 1x1500wd observatory plan (15%), 1x2500wd preparatory output (25%), 1x15 minutes stakeholder presentation (10%), 1x6500wd final output (50%) Mode of delivery: Supervision, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit, an integral part of the fourth year Politics and International Relations Stream, takes the form of a customised 3-4 person team-based project under the supervision of an academic staff member in the Department. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through application to a problem-orientated project task in the field of Politics and International Relations.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
GOVT4621 Politics and IR Placement

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x3hr intensive seminar at beginning of semester, 1x preliminary meeting with placement organisation and academic supervisor, 3x individual (half hour) or small group (one hour) meeting with academic supervisor during semester, 1x120hr placement Prerequisites: 24 credit points at 3000-level in the Politics and International Relations stream, including GOVT3601 and a minimum of 126 credit points Prohibitions: GOVT4612 or GOVT4622 Assessment: 1x500wd annotated bibliography (15%), 1x500wd expectations document (10%), 2x500wd placement journal (15%), 1x2500wd final report (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit, an integral part of the fourth year Politics and International Relations Stream, takes the form of an intensive one-semester internship with a placement organisation. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in practical contexts through working in an organisation and being supported by academic guidance and assessments designed to connect theory with real-world practice.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
GOVT4622 Politics and IR Placement (12cp)

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x3hr intensive seminar at beginning of semester, 1x preliminary meeting with placement organisation and academic supervisor, 1x mid-year review meeting with placement organisation and supervisor, 6x individual (half hour) or small group (one hour) meeting with academic supervisor during semester, 1x3hr intensive peer review seminar (conclusion), 1x240hr placement Prerequisites: 24 credit points at 3000 level in the Politics and International Relations stream, including GOVT3601 and a minimum of 126 credit points Prohibitions: GOVT4612 Assessment: 1x1500wd annotated bibliography (15%), 1x750wd expectations document (10%), 3x500wd placement journal (15%), 1x1000wd closeout presentation (10%), 1x4250wd final report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit, an integral part of the fourth year Politics and International Relations Stream, takes the form of an intensive one-semester internship with a placement organisation. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in practical contexts through working in organisation and being supported by academic guidance and assessments designed to connect theory with real-world practice.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units