Introduction to Politics

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Politics

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    This course will provide you with a broad overview of the study of politics at an introductory level. The course introduces you to the discipline of political science, its key concepts and approaches for the study of politics and political systems. Important political theories within the Western tradition such as liberalism, democracy, nationalism, Marxism, anarchism, feminism and so on are discussed. The course also introduces you to the idea of the state, the international system of states, and contemporary theories of international relations. The contemporary transformation of politics and political science is also examined, especially the challenges to the hegemony of the West and its worldview. Lectures will also be available on the Web.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature and significance of politics and governance

    2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of differences in political systems and the contexts in which they operate

    3. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of political science to the analysis of interests, ideas, institutions and political behaviour

    4. Critically evaluate different interpretations of political phenomena

    5. Demonstrate knowledge of the different research methods used to investigate political phenomena

    6. Demonstrate the capacity to use the different research methods used to investigate political phenomena

    7. Demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence-based argument and evaluation

    8. Gather, organise and use evidence from a variety of secondary and primary sources

    9. Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems

    10. Communicate effectively in oral and/or written work

    11. Recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of politics

    This course includes but is not limited to the following topics:

    1. the idea of the ?political? and political science;
    2. a range of political theories in the Western tradition such as liberalism, marxism, anarchism, nationalism and so on;
    3. key political concepts such as the state, sovereignty, democracy, citizenship, globalisation,
    4. global politics and the international systems of states,
    5. theories of international relations,
    6. the shift from modernist to postmodern ways of understanding political phenomena.

    Assessment Items

    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Engagement Exercises

    Essay: Tutorial Essay

    Essay: Major Essay

    Formal Examination: Final Exam

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.