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

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) HIS10004

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 1 (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) – 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/ 

 

ALL ELECTIVE UNITS IN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS

Any of the following units may be undertaken.

Units Unit codes Credit points
Principles of Advertising ADV10001 12.5
Introduction to Animation ANI10001 12.5
Introduction to Character and Environment Design ANI10004 12.5
Academic Literacies: Situating University Knowledge ART10001 12.5
Concepts of Biology BIO10001 12.5
Introduction to Forensic Science CHE10007 12.5
Introductory Chinese A CHI10005 12.5
Chinese for Business CHI20004 12.5
Professional Communication Practice COM10007 12.5
Web Development COS10005 12.5
Introduction to Programming COS10009 12.5
Creating Web Applications COS10011 12.5
Policing: Systems and Practice CRI20001 12.5
20th Century Design DDD10001 12.5
Introductory Design Studio DDD10006 12.5
Product Visualisation 1: Hand Sketching DID10001 12.5
Digital Video and Audio DIG10004 12.5
Introduction to Digital Imaging DIG10007 12.5
Digital Narratives DIG20001 12.5
Digital Mobility DIG20011 12.5
Advertising Technology DIG30003 12.5
Macroeconomics ECO10003 12.5
Big History: From the Big Bang to the Global Civilisation FST20001 12.5
Screen Literacy and Contemporary Cinema FTV10003 12.5
The Australian Screen FTV20005 12.5
Introduction to Game Studies GAM10001 12.5
Principles of Games GAM10002 12.5
Writing for Interactive Narratives GAM20004 12.5
Introduction to Health Sciences HEA10001 12.5
Indigenous Health HEA20006 12.5
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention HEP20002 12.5
Global History HIS10003 12.5
Australian History HIS10004 12.5
Propaganda: A History of Media and Politics HIS20003 12.5
Colonialism: A Global History HIS20008 12.5
Gender and History HIS30002 12.5
War and Peace in the 20th Century HIS30007 12.5
Global Business Cultures INB20007 12.5
Asia Pacific Business Perspective INB20012 12.5
Database, Analysis and Design INF10002 12.5
Introduction to Business Information Systems INF10003 12.5
Information Methods INF10014 12.5
Connecting with Culture: Indigenous Australian Experiences INS10001 12.5
Unlearning the Past: Indigenous Australian History INS10002 12.5
Indigenous Representations INS20001 12.5
International Indigenous Perspectives INS20002 12.5
Resistance, Activism and Empowerment INS20004 12.5
Introductory Italian A ITA10003 12.5
News Writing JOU10004 12.5
Media Content Creation JOU10007 12.5
Media, Ethics and Law JOU20006 12.5
Introductory Japanese A JPN10013 12.5
Environment and Natural Resources Law LAW10008 12.5
Introduction to Language LIN10001 12.5
Writing Fiction LIT10002 12.5
Reading and Writing Genre Texts LIT10003 12.5
Reading, Writing and Criticism LIT20001 12.5
Australian Writing and Cultural Change LIT20002 12.5
Exploring Iconic Texts LIT20004 12.5
Graphic Narratives: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga LIT30002 12.5
Introduction to Media Studies MDA10001 12.5
Screen Studies, Movies, Television, and Ourselves MDA10003 12.5
Innovation Cultures: Perspectives On Science & Technology MDA10006 12.5
Global Media Industries MDA10008 12.5
Business of Media MDA20001 12.5
Networked Selves MDA20003 12.5
Screen Franchising and Innovation MDA20007 12.5
Digital Communities MDA20009 12.5
The Media in Australia MDA20010 12.5
The Media in Australia MDA20010 12.5
Sports/Advertising/Media MDA20011 12.5
Media and Social Impact MDA20014 12.5
Radio, Audio and Podcasting MDA30009 12.5
Global Screen Studies: Beyond Hollywood MDA30011 12.5
Researching Social Media Publics MDA30012 12.5
New Media and Everyday Life MDA30014 12.5
Fundamentals of Marketing MKT10007 12.5
Neuroscience NEU10002 12.5
History of Ideas PHI10001 12.5
Introduction to Philosophy PHI10002 12.5
Critical Thinking PHI10003 12.5
Environmental Philosophy PHI20001 12.5
Philosophy, Media, Culture PHI20006 12.5
Philosophy, Politics, and Society PHI20007 12.5
Ethics PHI30008 12.5
Australian Politics POL10001 12.5
International Politics POL10002 12.5
Australian Foreign Policy POL20008 12.5
Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics POL20009 12.5
International Relations and Security Studies POL20010 12.5
Conflict Resolution POL20011 12.5
Critical Perspectives on Terrorism POL30009 12.5
Public Policy in Australia POL30010 12.5
Crisis Points: Global Challenges POL30011 12.5
Politics of the Pacific POL30014 12.5
Psychology 100 PSY10003 12.5
Psychology 101 PSY10004 12.5
Public Relations Theory and Practice PUB20002 12.5
Public Relations Writing PUB20003 12.5
Editing for Writers PWR10002 12.5
Writing Short Non-Fiction PWR10004 12.5
Novel Writing PWR30002 12.5
Sociological Foundations SOC10004 12.5
Environment and Society SOC10005 12.5
Global Perspectives on Modernity SOC10012 12.5
Identity and Social Change SOC10013 12.5
Race, Ethnicity and Migration SOC20013 12.5
Deviance, Difference & Conformity SOC20020 12.5
Social Science Research Methods SOC30019 12.5
Foundations of Statistics STA10003 12.5
Advertising Issues: Regulation, Ethics & Cultural Considerations ADV20001 12.5
Concept Development and Copywriting ADV20002 12.5
Digital Narratives DIG20001 12.5
User Experience Design DIG20005 12.5
Digital Mobility DIG20011 12.5
Writing for Interactive Narratives GAM20004 12.5
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention HEP20002 12.5
Propaganda: A History of Media and Politics HIS20003 12.5
Colonialism: Global History HIS20008 12.5
Global Business Cultures INB20007 12.5
Asia Pacific Business Perspective INB20012 12.5
Mobile Business and Social Media INF20011 12.5
Big Data Management INF20016 12.5
Media, Ethics and Law JOU20006 12.5
Australian Writing and Cultural Change LIT20002 12.5
Business of Media MDA20001 12.5
Networked Selves MDA20003 12.5
Screen Franchising and Innovation MDA20007 12.5
Digital Communities MDA20009 12.5
The Media in Australia MDA20010 12.5
Sports/Advertising/Media MDA20011 12.5
Media and Social Impact MDA20014 12.5
Popular Culture of Asia MDA20018 12.5
Integrated Marketing Communication MKT20021 12.5
Consumer Behaviour MKT20025 12.5
Nutrition in the Life Course NTR20002 12.5
Philosophy, Media, Culture PHI20006 12.5
Philosophy, Politics, and Society PHI20007 12.5
Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics POL20009 12.5
International Relations and Security Studies POL20010 12.5
Writing Creative Non-Fiction PWR20003 12.5
Deviance, Difference & Conformity SOC20020 12.5
Advertising Media Planning and Purchasing ADV30001 12.5
Advertising Technology DIG30003 12.5
Economic Policy in Society ECO30002 12.5
Breaking the Screen FTV30001 12.5
Healthy Environments and the Life Course HEP30040 12.5
Gender and History HIS30002 12.5
History, Politics and Human Rights HIS30012 12.5
Graphic Narratives: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga LIT30002 12.5
Media and Communication Project A MDA30006 12.5
Media and Communication Project B MDA30007 12.5
Radio, Audio and Podcasting MDA30009 12.5
Ethics PHI30008 12.5
Critical Perspectives On Terrorism POL30009 12.5
Politics of the Pacifics POL30014 12.5
Events Management PUB30001 12.5
Global Gender and Sex SOC30013 12.5

 

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