Australian Politics and Government

Course code POLI1010
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

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.


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 Group Oral Presentation

Essay: Short Referenced Essay

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Engagement Execrcise

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


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


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