ATS4333 - Issues in politics, governance and research - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Matteo Bonotti


Dr Matteo Bonotti

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


This is an Honours unit that reflects on research ethics and methods in political studies, and then investigates some of the core issues in debates about governance including the capacity of executive power to make effective policy, the role of the legislature, how interests may be mediated, and what challenges confront supranational governance.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the role and importance of research strategies, research design and research ethics in political studies;
  2. apply knowledge and understanding of research strategies, research design and research ethics in political studies to the planning and writing of a Honours thesis;
  3. understand and be able to critically examine key debates in political studies;
  4. pursue intellectual questions in a rigorous and academic manner by employing analytical skills and critical thinking;
  5. develop communication skills through seminar participation, essay writing and presentations of research findings.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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