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POLS3304 Policy and Diplomacy in Practice

6 points
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
This Capstone unit for Political Science & International Relations major integrates the main knowledge, skills, issues and methods identified in the study of the various units. It is focused on a learning approach seeking to solve real world problems and prepare students for future careers in a competitive job market. Students will learn to evaluate the complexity in the shaping, connection and negotiation of government policies in domestic and international spheres. For that purpose, the unit will bring in policy practitioners (such as diplomats, politicians, officials, and NGO activists), current and former, as guest lecturers to speak to the class on their career experiences. Students will also engage in simulation exercises, representing different countries to discuss and negotiate major contemporary issues in an international setting such as the United Nations, or representing different Australian government agencies/interest groups to debate other political issues. Further, students will design their own research project built around a real world challenge, writing up a policy position paper to analyse its complexity and suggest a policy for solution.
Students are able to (1) apply the knowledge, skills and methods acquired through the major to critically analyse real-world social and political challenges; (2) evaluate and suggest policy responses to these challenges; (3) design and complete a research project in a timely fashion; (4) display career-relevant skills in political and diplomatic negotiation and team-work; and (5) demonstrate advanced skills in public speech.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective commentary on guest lectures; (2) simulation exercises; and (3) policy position paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Alex Davis, Dr David Mickler, Ky Gentry and Jeannette Taylor
Unit rules
2 x POLS L1 and 3 x POLS L2 units.

POLS1101 Understanding Politics and Policy
POLS1102 Understanding Global Politics
POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy
POLS2202 Foundations of Comparative Politics
POLS2214 Foundations of Foreign Policy
POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy
PARL3339, and WILG3001
Contact hours
Workshops: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.