Australian Politics and Government

Course code POLI1010Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Examines the nature of politics and government in Australia. It examines the political institutions and machinery of government and the political system, as well as the relationships between the political actors and political activity in Australia. Topics discussed include the federal nature of national politics, the constitution, parliament, the High Court, political parties, the public service, and pressure groups (including the role of the media). Throughout the course key political issues will also be examined.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Acquisition of core analytical and critical skills.
2. Acquisition of an understanding of the nature of Australia's political institutions.
3. An ability to analyse contemporary social, economic and political relations from an institutional perspective.
4. A critical understanding of the complex relationships between political actors and political activity in Australia.
ContentThis course examines Australia's changing political and governmental institutions. These institutions include the constitution, parliament, the High Court, political parties, pressure groups and the bureaucracy. Key political concepts, such as "citizenship", "the state" and "power" are studied in the Australian context. Particular attention is directed to the relationship between key political institutions and the operation of federalism, sovereignty and legitimacy in Australia.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssays
Examination: FormalFinal Examination
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial work
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for POLI1010