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Political Activism: Local to Global

Enrolment code: HSG202/302

Offered: Hobart: semester 1, Launceston: semester 1 [by video-link]

Unit description:

From Tas Together to S11, public participation has become an important component of contemporary politics and policy making. Globalisation and technology have also introduced new formulations of civic engagement such as ‘cyber-participation’ and ‘hactivism’. This unit critically engages students with theories and debates that surround concepts of participatory politics and policy development. Is there public disaffection with politics and government? Have we become less trusting of political institutions and increasingly indifferent toward democratic participation? What facilitates the current political fascination with a revival of civic engagement? How is the notion of ‘community’ activism developed in the current political environment and the market economy? The unit explores answers to these questions and introduces students to local, national and global studies of participatory politics and policy processes.

Staff Ms M Astrinakis For information on staff, turn to relevant Faculty website University phone and email search phone    email
Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern 2 lectures weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly (13 wks) Timetable
Prerequisites 25% at level 100 in Public Policy or Political Science or equiv  
Assessment mode 2,500-word essay (30%), 1,000-word report(20%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc Reader (available from School of Government) Library Catalogue
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Majors: [Discipline and school information] Political Science
Public Policy
Police Studies
Courses Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)
Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies)
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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