Australian Politics and Government

Course code POLI1010
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. 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.

Content

This 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.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Assessments Oral & Written

Essay: Short Referenced Essay

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks