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AIP300 - Researching Democracy

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

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

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Andrew Vandenberg
Prerequisite:

One unit at level 2 in the Politics and Policy Studies major, or equivalent, or with the permission of the Unit Chair

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

AIP205

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

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)

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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)

Content

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

ULO1

Analyse statements about democracy and debate the merits of various schools of thought about democracy

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Compile and evaluate evidence relevant to schools of thought about democracy

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3

On the basis of an analysis of various schools of thought on democracy, reflect on where further research would be interesting

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Effectively communicate the findings of a review of literature about democracy in an abstract and an oral presentation with slides

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay 1600 words 40% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay 1600 words 40% Week 8
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Presentation 300 words 20% Information not yet available

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.

Learning Resource

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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