Undergraduate Courses

Politics

The discipline of Politics employs an exciting, vibrant and constantly changing body of ideas, approaches and methods. The Politics program offers subjects in political theory, international relations, Australian politics, comparative politics, the politics of developing countries, public policy, culture and media. Students are advised to study as broadly as possible across the areas offered by the discipline.

The purpose of the major is to acquaint students with key areas of Politics as a discipline. Political study involves examining the origins and nature of consent, authority, and consensus, which underpin social order. Many factors are covered in this examination; political institutions, political economy, culture, class, gender and ethnicity. Politics can and does occur at many levels, from international relations to the nation state, from local communities to the individual.

The study of politics is not just to do with politics in the here and now, but concerns itself with both the past and the future. Whether it is a country being studied, relations between countries, or a body of political ideas, politics engages us with choices about how to live life and how best to contribute to society.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Major students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate different political systems and the contexts in which they operate
  2. Critically analyse political issues and policy debates
  3. Evaluate the influence of key political thinkers and their influence on contemporary debates
  4. Apply different research methods used to investigate political phenomena.

 

Subjects Required for Major Study

A major in Politics consists of 54 credit points of which 22 credit points are compulsory core subjects (see table below). Students must complete at least 24 credit points at 300-level in Politics subjects.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
POL 150 Government, Power and Political Systems 6 Autumn
INTS205 Methods in International Studies and Politics 8 Spring
POL 314 Power and the State 8 Spring
Plus 32 credit points from the elective list below, of which 16 credit points must be at 300-level.
Electives
POL 211 Democracy in Theory and Practice 8 Not offered in 2015
POL 213 Key Concepts and Thinkers in Political Theory 8 Autumn
POL 216 Politics in the USA 8 Not offered in 2015
POL 222 Australian Public Policy 8 Not offered in 2015
POL 224 Politics and the Media 8 Spring
POL 225 International Relations: Issues, Concepts and Theories 8 Spring
POL 301 Politics Internship 16 Spring
POL 303 Complex Peace Operations 8 Spring
POL 317 Politics in the South Pacific 8 Autumn
POL 318 The Politics of Asian Development 8 Autumn
POL 319 Global Political Economy 8 Spring
POL 320 Twentieth Century Dictatorships 8 Spring
POL 323 Global Inequality 8 Autumn
POL 324 Culture and Politics 8 Spring
POL 340 Special Topics in Politics 8 Autumn, Spring
POL 368 Protest and Power in America : The Sixties 8 Not offered in 2015
Students may include a maximum of 24 credit points in their electives from the following subjects:
INTS121 Global Politics and Power 6 Spring
INTS202 Conflict, Peace & Security 8 Autumn
INTS201 Model United Nations 8 Autumn
INTS203 Introduction to Global Development 8 Spring
Students may include a maximum of 16 credit points in their electives from the following subjects:
PHIL213 Gender, Sex and Power 8 Autumn
STS 300 The Environmental Context: Imagining a Zero Carbon Future 8 Autumn
STS 309 Future Tense: Politics and Regulations of Technoscience 8 Spring

Subjects Required for Minor Study

A minor in Politics will consist of at least 30 credit points in subjects with the prefix 'POL' from the Course Structure of the Politics major. Students may only take one subject at 100-level and may include a maximum of 8 CP with an INTS prefix.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Students must complete at least 30 credit points from the following subjects:
POL 150 Government, Power and Political Systems* 6 Autumn
POL 213 Key Concepts and Thinkers in Political Theory 8 Autumn
POL 216 Politics in the USA 8 Not offered in 2015
POL 222 Australian Public Policy 8 Not offered in 2015
POL 224 Politics and the Media 8 Spring
POL 225 International Relations: Issues, Concepts and Theories 8 Spring
POL 301 Politics Internship 16 Spring
POL 303 Complex Peace Operations 8 Spring
POL 314 Power and the State 8 Spring
POL 317 Politics in the South Pacific 8 Autumn
POL 318 The Politics of Asian Development 8 Autumn
POL 319 Global Political Economy 8 Spring
POL 320 Twentieth Century Dictatorships 8 Spring
POL 323 Global Inequality 8 Autumn
POL 324 Culture and Politics 8 Spring
POL 340 Special Topics in Politics 8 Autumn, Spring
POL 368 Protest and Power in America : The Sixties 8 Not offered in 2015
Students may complete only one from the following subjects:
INTS121 Global Politics and Power* 6 Spring
INTS202 Conflict, Peace & Security 8 Autumn
INTS201 Model United Nations 8 Autumn
INTS203 Introduction to Global Development 8 Spring
INTS205 Methods in International Studies and Politics 8 Spring
*Students may only complete either POL 150 or INTS121  

Honours

See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 November, 2014