University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

POLIS 3106 - Public Policy Research Project

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 6
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Restriction: Available to students undertaking a Politics and International Relations Major only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: At least 15 units of Politics and International Relations Major courses
Incompatible: POLIS 3107, POLIS 3108
Assessment: Essay (5000 word) 70%, 3 x Paper critique (1000 word) 10% each

This capstone course for the major in Politics and International Relations introduces students to structured academic research methods and practice in selected areas of International Studies. First, it aims at developing students' advanced research skills through the examination of research methodologies and academic writing skills, as well as the exploration of ethical and intercultural issues that may arise in the course of a scholarly research. Second, it engages students in critical discussions regarding research methods and conceptual approaches through four case studies: invited academics will share with students their research skills by presenting their own research projects, including these projects' design, methodology, theoretical framework and larger significance. Third, during the second part of the course, students will undertake a significant research project on a self-chosen topic and, at the end of the course, join a student conference in order to present and discuss their research findings to and with their classmates.

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Commonwealth supported
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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 07/08/2023 Wed 16/08/2023 Fri 15/09/2023 Fri 27/10/2023

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20197 WR01 35 18 26 Jul - 13 Sep Wednesday 10am - 12pm Ingkarni Wardli, B18, Teaching Room
4 Oct - 25 Oct Wednesday 10am - 12pm Ingkarni Wardli, B18, Teaching Room