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Political Science Units - 1996

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Political Science - The Department of Political Science at Hobart

The Department of Political Science offers majors in two disciplinary programs - Political Science and Administration. Although each major is complete in itself, the two complement each other in understanding and explaining political order at all levels, from the smallest political community to the international society of states. (For details of the Administration units see HSD- below).
Political Science is the study of the ideas, processes and institutions which determine public decisions within and among communities. Understanding the nature of political activity is important for citizenship in a democracy such as Australia. It is also necessary in order to understand political activity in other societies.

First year
First year (100 level) Political Science seeks to provide both an adequate base for students intending to major in Political Science and an adequate background for others who wish to understand better the ideas and institutions influencing Australian democracy. Completion of Political Science 1 is a prerequisite for admission to second year (200 level) units.

Second and third year
Second year (200 level) and third year (300 level)
units address a range of themes grouped under five major headings - Political Theory and Methodology, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Australian Politics and Asia-Pacific Politics. The rules for the selection of units are set out below. Completion of at least 30% at the 200 level is a prerequisite for admission to 300 level.

Honours year
The Honours year is an advanced exploration of selected issues in Political Science. Beyond an additional qualification to the bachelors degree, successful completion of honours may enable the student to pursue a higher degree in Political Science without further preparation.
The study of Political Science is useful preparation for a variety of careers including government service, teaching, journalism and research. For non-majors, Political Science complements most other subjects in Humanities and Social Sciences, Commerce and Law. It is a common major in the Arts-Laws combined degree.

Year 1 (100 level) HSA100 Political Science 1 - 25%.
Introduction to Political Science.

Year 2 (200 level) Political Science Course
At least 30% at the 200 level (subject to rules below).

Year 3 (300 level) Political Science Course
At least 50% at 300 level (subject to rules below).

1The department reserves the right not to offer any 200/300 level units which do not attract a minimum enrolment, or which cannot be offered due to staff leave or movements.
2The department requires each student completing a major in the discipline to enrol in at least one unit in 'Political Theory and Methodology', and at least one unit in three of the four further subdivisions of the discipline listed below: 'Comparative Politics', 'International Relations', 'Australian Politics', 'Asia-Pacific Politics'.
3Students may not enrol in units which substantially repeat other units, or units which they have previously passed.

(i) Political Theory & Methodology
HSA210/310 Political Ideologies
HSA211/311 19th Century Political Thought: Enlightenment and After
HSA212/312 Political Thought: Liberal Democracy
HSA213/313 The Politics of Gender, The Politics of Feminism
HSA214/314 Representation and Parliamentary Democracy
HSA215/315 Marxism and Modernity
HSA216/316 Postmodern Politics: Ideology, Power and Freedom
HSA217/317 Quantitative Analysis in Political Research
HSA218/318 Asian Political Thought
HSA219/319 Politics and Culture in Psychoanalysis

(ii) Comparative Politics
HSA220/320 The Politics of Development: Theories and Issues
HSA221/321 Comparative Political Culture
HSA222/322 Comparative Political Systems
HSA223/323 Ethnic Politics
HSA224/324 Race Politics
HSA225/325 American Political Institutions

(iii) International Relations
HSA230/330 Political Economy
HSA232/332 International Organisation
HSA233/333 Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region
HSA234/334 Sovereignty, the State and International Order
HSA235/335 The South Pacific in World Affairs

(iv) Australian Politics
HSA240/340 Australian Foreign Policy
HSA241/341 The Australian Political System: Political Parties and Parliament
HSA242/342 The Australian Political System: Federalism and Political Power
HSA243.343 Politics and Australian Culture
HSD208/308 Business-Government Relations (HSD)
HSD236/336 The Politics of Australian Economic Policy (HSD)
HSD233/333 Australian Industrial Relations (HSD)

(v) Asia-Pacific Politics
HSA250/350 Politics in Contemporary Japan
HSA251/351 Radicalism and Reform in Modern China
HSA252/352 Comparative Politics of Development in South and Southeast Asia
HSA253/353 Southeast Asian Politics: Indonesia
HSA254/354 Southeast Asian Politics: Malaysia, the Philippines and ASEAN
HSA255/355 The Asian Dragons
HSA256/356 Politics in Contemporary China
HSA257/357 East Asian Democratisation in the Post Cold War Era

HSA100 Political Science 1

Introduces the study of Political Science. The unit covers the Australian political process, Australia's international relations, including an introduction to world politics, and political thought. The political process includes the institutions of government and the state; parliament, political parties, bureaucracy, courts, federalism, pressure groups, electoral processes and political movements such as the Aboriginal, Feminist and Green movements. Australia's International relations is concerned with Australia's external relations - foreign and trade policy, economic and strategic security, human rights, Asia and the South West Pacific. World politics reviews the main trends of the Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Political thought introduces important traditions of political philosophy.

Special notes
teaching staff Prof J Cotton and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern full year - 2 lectures and a tutorial weekly
mutual exclusions
method of assessment 3-hour exam in Nov (60%); coursework assignments (40%).
required texts, etc
Aitkin D, Jinks B and Warhurst J, Australian Political Institutions, 4th edn, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1990
or Stewart RG and Ward I, Politics One, Macmillan, Melbourne, 1992,
or Lovell DW, McAllister I, Maley W and Kukathas C, The Australian Political System, Longman, Melbourne, 1995.
Muschamp D (ed), Political Thinkers, Macmillan, 1986.
McWilliams W and Piotrowski H, The World Since 1945: A History of International Relations, Lynne Rienner, Colorado, 1993.
Evans G and Grant B, Australia's Foreign Relations, 2nd edn, Melbourne University Press, 1995.
recommended reading

Course: Bachelor of Arts (R3A)

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