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
Trimester 2: Cloud (online), CBD*
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week
*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery
This unit introduces students to the challenges of governance in modern politics, approaching this through different theoretical approaches to democracy advocated for local, national, regional and transnational levels of politics. Governance will be considered in relation to the issues arising from the fields of:
Attention is directed to debates over the criteria of good governance to be found in theories of democracy and neoliberalism, together with the challenges posed by neoliberal ideas of the state and economy. In this way, the unit also offers an introduction to democratic politics more broadly
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of issues of governance, models of democracy and explanations of democratisation
Analyse statements about governance, democracy and democratisation and debate the merits of various views about governance, democracy and democratisation
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Demonstrate an ability to evaluate, gather, organise, and use various forms of evidence to explain various aspects of different cases of democratic governance
Compile and evaluate evidence relevant to the processes of democratic governance and decide how far a particular case exhibits these processes
GLO5: Problem solving
Evaluate different models of democracy and different explanations of democratisation
Dispute various positions and develop arguments in ongoing debates about democratic governance
GLO4: Critical thinking
Communicate effectively in oral and written work
Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of political science and apply them to real-world contexts, and do this in a range of formats for a range of readers
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay
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: AIP746 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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