1 x 32-hour industry placement weekly
1 1 of AMST2002, GOVT2005
2 2 of AMST1002, AMST3013, POLI1003, GOVT1003, GOVT1001
2a GOVT1004 - Foundations in Political Systems and Institutions
Must Satisfy: (1 and (2 or 2a))
Other requirements
Topic approval is required for enrolment in this topic. Students should apply via lodging an Ask Flinders request.
Assumed knowledge
American Studies and the Australian Political System.
Assignments, Fieldwork and Project
Topic description

This topic provides valuable educational and practical experience by assisting the US Consulate-General in accomplishing its mission goals. The topic includes an internship and during this students will pursue a project of interest to the internship provider and the student. The aim of the internship is to establish, promote and maintain relationships between young Australian and Americans as each become leaders in their respective countries.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the operations of the US political system by work experience in a US Consulate office
  • Develop an understanding of the various pressures that shape the policies of working politicians and administrators
  • Sharpen research and reporting skills through working on applied projects as part of their involvement in the workings of their office
  • Understand how a US Consulate office operates within the Australian Political System
  • Consolidate students' written and communication skills
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the specific characteristics of the work done by the office or unit to which they were assigned
  2. Complete a satisfactory 4000 word paper based on that project