6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2018
Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.
The unit has an internship component - contact the Unit Coordinator for further information.
This unit provides first-hand experience of US Congressional structures and processes via a full-time 9-week internship in Washington, D.C. It directly assists students focusing upon US public policy and the US's international relations to develop their understanding and skills. Entry is highly competitive; places are strictly limited; and selection will be based primarily upon academic merit. Students will work under the overall supervision of a responsible senior Congressional official within the office of a U.S. Member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.
- Students who complete this internship successfully will gain first-hand experience of US Congressional structures and processes via a full-time 9-week internship in Washington, D.C.
- students will develop their understanding of US public policy.
- students will become acquainted with the structures and processes of contemporary US government.
- students will comprehend the nature of American public policy research and reporting.
- students will gain direct exposure to the legal, financial and political reporting requirements associated with public policy implementation.
- students will gain an understanding of the social, cultural and ethical objectives and implications associated with public policy implementation.
Within semester assessment: 100%
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.
See also Unit timetable information
Off-campus attendance requirements
Students are based in Washington D.C. full-time for 9 weeks (January - March). Students are expected to undertake an additional 5 hours of private study per week in addition to the internship.