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POL2001 Politics and International Business

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Politics & Internat'l Business
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090101 - Political Science
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Phil Griffiths

Other requisites

Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

This course introduces students to the politics and institutions of international trade, commerce and economic governance. Its focus is on real world debates driven by politicians, business people and other leaders in society and the impact of their aspirations and decisions on economies, societies and individual businesses. It asks students to identify and understand the value judgements upon which policy has been made. The course provides a deeper understanding of the context in which a graduate might be expected to recommend policy to, or make decisions on behalf of, an individual business, government or other organisation.

Synopsis

Globalisation and the global financial crisis have transformed the environment in which businesses and governments operate. POL2001 looks at the institutions of international economic governance, and then systematically examines the conflicts and debates over globalisation and free trade agreements, and over macro-economic management in the wake of the global financial crisis. Core themes are the controversies over the role of the state and international political and economic institutions in the global economy. The work done by students in this course aims to develop their understanding and academic skills through a mixture of practise (weekly writing and online interaction) and intensive academic inquiry.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. explain and contribute to debates around globalisation and its governance;
  2. critically evaluate, on the basis of research, rival claims made as part of political debate;
  3. write clearly in English, observing academic conventions;
  4. engage constructively with other students on political ideas.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to globalisation 10.00
2. Theories of globalisation and economic development 10.00
3. The regulation and deregulation of global trade and commerce 40.00
4. States and globalisation 10.00
5. Social impacts of globalisation 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=POL2001)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Cassidy, J 2010, How markets fail: the logic of economic calamities, Penguin, London.
Chang, H-J 2008, Bad samaritans: the guilty secrets of rich nations and the threat to global prosperity, Random House, London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 52.00
Directed Study 113.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASST 1 - ARGUMENT ANALYSIS 100 15 09 Aug 2020
ASST 2 - MAJOR ESSAY 100 35 28 Sep 2020
PARTICIPATION 10 10 22 Oct 2020
REVISION 10 10 22 Oct 2020
ASSIGNMENT 60 30 26 Oct 2020 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the assignment by their examiner via StudyDesk.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2, 2020:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2, 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are: There is no examination in this course.

    Requirements after S2, 2020:
    This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.


  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

    Requirements after S2, 2020:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Turnitin:
    Assignments must be submitted to the university’s plagiarism-checking service, ‘turnitin’. Where necessary, staff will assist students to do this.

  2. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Date printed 6 November 2020