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GOVT1601: Contemp Issues in Pols and Int Relations I

In this unit students develop critical problem-solving skills by engaging them with contemporary issues in politics and international relations. Unit content is based on issues at the forefront of the news cycle. Lectures introduce the various ways in which academic researchers and public intellectuals respond to world events. Tutorials allow the students an opportunity to discuss potential solutions with tutors and peers. Suggested topics could include, Brexit, Trump presidency, the Syrian War, leadership spills, same-sex marriage, and populism.

Code GOVT1601
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify different approaches to defining the nature and scope of politics
  • LO2. recognise foundational concepts, theories and methods used by political scientists to understand politics
  • LO3. identify similarities and differences between the Australian political system and the political systems of other countries
  • LO4. apply foundational political concepts and theories to specific examples of political phenomena
  • LO5. develop basic skills in independent critical reading of political texts
  • LO6. discuss fundamental issues in politics with others in a constructive and analytical way
  • LO7. draw information from basic sources, including digital sources, to provide evidence in support of their arguments about politics.