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SOCL19062 - Policy Power and Politics

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Unit Synopsis

This unit examines sociological theories that underpin the study of politics and the policy process. In particular, the unit explores the nature of political socialisation, theories of power, and the dynamics of policy-making in Australia, as well as some of the analytical frameworks which have been developed in order to explain the political actors involved in the policy process and the ways in which policy decisions are made. The unit considers Australia's three- tiered Federal system, the increasing importance of international organisations, and the difficulties of developing public policy within such a complex set of structures.

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 Prerequisite: SOCL 11055

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2015

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Attendance Requirements

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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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and analyse the sociological issues surrounding the concepts of politics and government.
  2. Identify and explain the nature of political culture and the main factors which influence patterns of political socialisation and the development of political ideologies.
  3. Account for the structure of government in general, and of Australian government in particular; its role in the political process; and relationships with political parties.
  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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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