Politics and History units

FIRST YEAR UNITS

Australian Politics

SEMESTER 1 (DAMON ALEXANDER) – POL10001

This unit of study aims to provide a critical and analytical introduction to the Australian political system in an international context and the challenges it faces from globalisation, oppositional social movements and growing discontent among voters.

Global History

SEMESTER 1 (LORENZO VERACINI) – HIS10003

This unit of study provides students with an overview of global history in the twentieth century. It focuses on the events and processes that transformed international relations, on the progressive establishment of a system of formally sovereign and internationally recognised independent states, and on the main crises that affected this consolidation. Students will gain an understanding of the key historical, social and political factors affecting international development.

International Politics

SEMESTER 2 (CHRIS AGIUS) – POL10002

SUMMER (WARREN EVANS)

This unit aims to provide an introduction to foundational concepts and theories of international politics and their application to historical and contemporary case studies, which will include war and peace, security, power, political economy and globalization. It focuses on the relationship and interaction between state and non-state actors in global politics, as well as compares and contrasts the various approaches that explain and interpret events. The unit also aims to critically assess and analyse the foundational theories, concepts and approaches in their underlying assumptions and outcomes.

Australian History

SEMESTER 2 (JULIE KIMBER) HIS10006

This unit of study seeks to provide students with an understanding of the evolution of Australian history since 1788. With particular emphasis on the twentieth century students are introduced to the major political, economic and social events that have shaped Australian society. Students will gain an enhanced understanding of contemporary Australia and its place in the world.

 

SECOND YEAR UNITS

Australian Foreign Policy

SEMESTER 2 (CHRIS AGIUS) – POL20008

This unit introduces students to Australia’s foreign policy with a particular emphasis on developments after WWII. It examines changing power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, explores post-colonial legacies and their relationship to the Anglo-American alliance, and highlights emerging ambiguities in this alliance. In addition, the unit draws on these legacies to analyse Australian bilateral/multilateral relations in its responses to 911, the Bali bombing, and the emerging resource challenges in the region.

Big History: From the Big Bang to Global Civilisation

SEMESTER 2 (JOSPEH VOROS) – FST20001

This subject introduces students to the multidisciplinary field of “Big History” and situates our present-day planet-wide information-based technological civilisation within the broadest possible context of which we are currently aware. The subject traces the modern evidence-based scientific account of cosmic history, beginning with the origin of the Universe, and examines major events and processes that have led from the Big Bang to us: the formation of galaxies, stars and planets, the formation of the Earth, the origin and evolution of life on Earth, the emergence of humanity, and the various forms of human societies from prehistoric times through to today. We will consider a variety of questions ranging from how and when the Universe was ‘born’, and the many ways that human beings have organised their societies, to the ideas and beliefs that have shaped our modern globalised capitalist world. Topics are presented at an overview level, emphasising key ideas and core concepts from a range of knowledge domains, so the course is suitable for anyone wishing to get a better idea of and grounding in many of the key ideas and core concepts in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities

Colonialism: A Global History

SEMESTER 2 (LORENZO VERACINI) – HIS20008

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the global history of colonialism. The expansion of Europe and the establishment of colonies in distant lands was a crucial driver of globalisation processes. Constituting North and South and East and West, colonial relationships fundamentally shaped the world we live in. Indeed, even if the colonial dependencies have now disappeared from the map, the consequences of colonialism are still with us. An understanding of the long term development of this phenomenon and its consequences is essential to an understanding of the global present.

Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics

SEMESTER 1 (WARREN EVANS/MICHAEL LEACH) – POL20009

This Unit of Study is an introduction to the comparative study of politics. It provides an overview of the world’s political systems. It develops a conceptual framework for the analysis of political systems, and introduces students to the use of case studies to test hypotheses.

International Relations and Security Studies

SEMESTER 1 (CHRIS AGIUS) – POL20010

This unit aims to build on International Politics by exploring conceptual and theoretical debates in international relations and security studies. With a focus on traditional and nontraditional security problems in global politics, this unit aims to develop students’ critical analysis by applying a range of theories and conceptual frameworks to understand complex security issues such as terrorism, environmental security, human security, new wars, and traditional state/territorial security.

Politics of the Pacific

SEMESTER 2 (WARREN EVANS/MICHAEL LEACH) – POL30014

The unit of study introduces students to the politics of neighbouring Pacific Island nations, with a special focus on Melanesia and the countries of the so-called “Arc of Responsibility” (Timor-Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu), along with Fiji. Students will gain an understanding of key historical, political and institutional developments in the post-independence politics of Australia’s nearest neighbours. Political issues in the regions of West Papua, Bougainville and New Caledonia will also be examined.

Propaganda: A History of Media and Politics

SEMESTER 2 (KERRY RYAN) – HIS20003

This unit of study examines the history of media and politics. With a primary emphasis on the ways that governments impede, censor or manipulate the news media, students are encouraged to consider how propaganda becomes news, through the framing and manipulation of information. An examination of these processes in an historical context enables students to gain an understanding of the tenuous nature of freedom of information and the complexities of mediated democracies.

Conflict Resolution

SEMESTER 1 (CHRIS AGIUS) – POL20011

This unit aims to provide students with an introduction to conflict resolution in international politics. It explores forms of violence in the international system at a number of levels, and considers the sources of conflicts as well as models of conflict resolution. Theoretical understandings of peace and conflict in global politics will be critically assessed via case studies, with a view to developing analytical skills that can be applied to both conceptual and empirical work.

 

THIRD YEAR UNITS

Crisis Points: Global Challenges

SEMESTER 2 (LORENZO VERACINI) – POL30011

Crisis Points: Global Challenges is the capstone unit of the International Studies major. The aims of this unit are to build on students knowledge of International Studies in the context of a directed research project.

Critical Perspectives on Terrorism

SEMESTER 1 (CHRIS AGIUS) – POL30009

This unit aims to provide students with a critical understanding of terrorism and counter-terrorism policy and practices. It will explore the concepts and ideas surrounding terrorism and consider a variety of perspectives in order to make sense of the phenomena of terrorism and its implications for liberty, security and freedom.

Gender and History

SEMESTER 1 (PETER ROBINSON/JULIE KIMBER) – HIS30002

This unit provides students with a critical understanding of the intersections between gender and culture in an historical context. With a particular emphasis on the construction of gender relations and identity in Australia, the unit critiques both traditional and post-gender analyses of patriarchy against the changing dynamics of diverse cultural norms and practice.

History, Politics and Human Rights

SEMESTER 1 (KERRY RYAN/JULIE KIMBER) – HIS30012

The aim of this unit of study is to introduce students to the international framework for human rights. Beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the unit examines responses to genocide, inequality and
campaigns for civil rights and self-determination. Through an historical analysis of case studies the unit reflects on
the limitations in human rights law and the “human condition” more generally.

Applied Political Research

SEMESTER 2 (DAMON ALEXANDER/JULIE KIMBER) – POL30003

The aim of this unit of study is to provide outstanding students with first-hand experience of operating in the Australian political environment.

Public Policy in Australia

SEMESTER 2 (DAMON ALEXANDER) – POL30010

To provide students with an understanding of the processes by which public policy is developed, developed and implemented in contemporary Australia.

War and Peace in the 20th Century

SEMESTER 2 (JULIE KIMBER) – HIS30007

This unit of study seeks to provide students with an understanding of the evolution of global history and politics since World War II and the background to contemporary issues. Central to this aim is the emphasis devoted in the unit to the international roles played by the USA and the USSR during the Cold War. The unit begins at the end of World War II and concludes with a postscript on the legacies of the Cold War: the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. In doing so, it highlights the role that ideology plays in shaping international relations and visions of modernity.

 

PREREQUISITES
For second year units students are required to have studied at least 50 credit points at level 1. For third year units students are required to have studied at least 25 credit points at level 2.

 

CROSS INSTITUTIONAL STUDY
Students can take up to four units of study at another institution if an area of study is not available at Swinburne (for example, Music). If you would like to study a language that is not available at Swinburne the limit of four units does not apply. For further details on Cross Institutional Study go to https://www.swinburne.edu.au/student-administration/forms/cross-int-outgoing/ 

 

 

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