ATS1353 - Foundations of modern politics - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations


Dr Narelle Miragliotta

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  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit introduces foundational ideas, concepts and power structures associated with the modern state. We examine some of the ideas that have shaped our understanding of the role and function of the modern state and the key institutions that facilitate and operationalise modern governance. We conclude the unit by exploring some of the key debates associated with the future of the modern state.


  1. Familiarity with the foundational ideas and theories that have shaped modern States;
  2. An awareness of the role and function of the State and of the core political institutions that support its operations;;
  3. Improved oral communication skills;
  4. Enhanced skills of team work and collaboration;
  5. Improved analytical and higher order critical thinking skills;
  6. Improved general academic literacy, as well as the ability to interpret information from social science texts
  7. An appreciation of the discipline of Politics.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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