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SOCL11059 - Policy, Power and Politics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The Policy, Power and Place plan enables students to explore the 'power of place' including its politics and the policy processes this entails. Students will be able to explore a range of 'place' related issues including rural society, community analysis, social services, health and medical challenges, ethnic diversity and gender policies. Students who have satisfactorily completed SOCL19062 Policy, Power and Politics do not need to complete this new course.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2014

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Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Portfolio 45%
3. Written Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle
Feedback
I like the use of the moodle posts in order to have a more constant influx of feedback on the concepts being discussed
Recommendation
Will continue to use Moodle posts to build a portfolio
Action Taken
Weekly moodle discussion forums were used by the unit coordinator to engage with students and discuss the weekly content and assessments. These online forums were provided from Orientation week (Week 0) onwards.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The lecturer was helpful and supportive.
Recommendation
Continue to provide students with support and guidance as they undertake their studies in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Lectures to connect more closely with the weekly topic material.
Recommendation
While lectures cover the general topic area more attention will be given to linking the lecture content with the topic readings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Interesting and useful readings provided in the unit that will be a benefit in the future.
Recommendation
Efforts will continue to ensure the readings are relevant, current and useful for students as they build their knowledge in the area of social change.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse the key issues in political sociology.
  2. Identify and explain aspects of political culture and ideology.
  3. Outline the structure of the state and democracy, and of Australian government in particular; its role in the political process; and relationships with political parties and social movements.
  4. Discuss the nature of public policy; the major stages of the policy process; and approaches adopted in analysing policy-making.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment