2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
One unit at level 2 in the Politics and Policy Studies major, or equivalent, or with the permission of the Unit Chair
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 1-hour class per week (weeks 1-8), 1 x 1-hour seminar per week (weeks 1-8), 1 x 3-hour conference (week 11)
1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided, weeks 1-8), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week (weeks 1-8), 1 x 3-hour conference (or submitted recording, week 11)
This unit surveys ideas and debates about democracy, which are central to the study of politics. Students learn how to analyse research literatures about procedure, participation, deliberation, and populism. The literature review is a key aspect of conducting research and it draws together skills and knowledge learnt in the Politics and Policy Studies major.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Analyse statements about democracy and debate the merits of various schools of thought about democracy
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
Compile and evaluate evidence relevant to schools of thought about democracy
On the basis of an analysis of various schools of thought on democracy, reflect on where further research would be interesting
GLO5: Problem solving
Effectively communicate the findings of a review of literature about democracy in an abstract and an oral presentation with slides
GLO3: Digital literacy
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIP300 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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