Political Studies

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About Course

This course is intended to be a prerequisite course to political science courses. It introduces students to the historical development of the concept of state and state management systems placing special emphasize on the development of political theories from the ancient Greeks to the modern political theories which led to the formation of Liberal Democratic States. It looks at Greek City States; Authoritarian Monarchies; Parliamentary Systems and modern Liberal Democratic States. The theories it introduces are the Contract Theories of Thomas Hobbes; and Utilitarianism of Aristotle; Jeremy Bentham; James Mill; John Stewart Mill discussing the three versions of Utilitarianism- Act Utilitarianism; Rule Utilitarianism and Negative Utilitarianism. It also discusses the impact of economics especially capitalism; market liberalism and globalisation on the political theories of state and state sovereignties. This course will set a background for understanding political systems and activities which will be the task of political science courses.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The Associate Degree in Business can lead to a variety of careers in Papua New Guinea and overseas, including:
  • business analyst
  • business development manager
  • business operations manager
  • customer relations manager
  • events manager
  • procurement manager
  • product manager
  • project manager
  • retail manager
  • small business owner.
  • Professional recognition

Course Content

Financial Literacy
Content The unit provides a foundation in financial literacy that will assist you to (1) reflect on matters of finance that influence your personal investment decisions and risk profile, and (2) evaluate alternatives that impact financial, resourcing and investment decisions in business.

The Global Economy
Content This unit provides students with an understanding of the Australian economic system within the world economy, and an ability to identify and assess current macroeconomic problems and policies. The unit develops a framework to understand the ways in which the whole economy, or large sectors of the economy work. The major sectors analysed are the household sector, the business sector, the government sector and the international sector. The unit provides insights for evaluating the working and the impacts of monetary and fiscal policy, and how central banks and treasuries conduct such policies. Issues such as economic growth, unemployment, inflation, balance of payments and exchange rates are also examined.

Managing Information in the Digital Age
Content Our world is now a world of information. On the one hand this makes many things easier, fun or even possible but on the other it can cause us to be overloaded with information and distracted by our constant connections. In this unit we look at how we might manage better and use information and connections in business, at work and in everyday life. The unit begins by considering the changes that the digital world has made to our lives and how we live in a world immersed in information and social media. We then look at how we can search and analyse information and utilise social media for business, learning and collaboration. We then look at how information can be used to assist people but also to monitor and manage people at work and at home. Finally, we consider how to use ICT in a more secure manner.

Marketing Fundamentals
Content Marketing is the most dynamic area of business and the glue that holds organisations together – it connects organisations with the world, and opens up new and exciting job opportunities. Marketing is the only discipline that generates revenue for organisations by creating value for consumers, while capturing value for the organisation through building relationships with customers. MMK101 focuses on the creativity involved in the marketing process, ranging from understanding consumer needs to designing customer-driven integrated marketing strategies using the marketing mix. If you are creative, strategic and a critical thinker, then marketing is for you!

Content The aim of this unit is to provide students with a critical understanding of the intellectual foundations of the study of management. The unit will provide the opportunity to analyse how the solutions to management 'problems' have developed under different conditions throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. The unit also explores how management practice influences, and is influenced by, the external environment. This will involve examining how managerial action impacts on and is shaped by the environment, through a consideration of globalisation, ethics, social responsibility and the social and cultural context of management.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Business Logistics
Content This unit provides students with an understanding of the dynamic nature of entrepreneurship including the challenges and opportunities that are experienced by entrepreneurs. An introduction to a range of processes and strategies will help students develop the necessary tools for identifying, creating and evaluating opportunities across the private, public and non-profit sectors. The unit design allows students to enhance and apply their knowledge towards the creation of positive social or environmental change.