Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to liberal democracy and the major institutions and processes of the Australian political system including the constitutional framework, the parliament, the Prime Minister and the High Court. We will also examine the impact of the media on Australian politics, the changing nature of the party system, and controversial issues such as freedom of speech and inequality.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level for a Politics major in the Bachelor of Arts degree (ABA); core subject for Bachelor of Social Sciences (ABSS)

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Political Institutions.RecommendedSingleton, G. Aitkin, D. Jinks, B. and Warhurst, J.10TH ED., PEARSON, 2013.
ReadingsGovernment, Politics and Power in AustraliaRecommendedWoodward, D., Parkin, A.and Summers, J.9TH EDN, PEARSON 2010
ReadingsThe Australian Political System in Action.RecommendedMiragliotta, N., Errington, W., Barry, N.2ND ED. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2013

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Major essay - 1,600 words.45
On-going LMS/tutorial activities (equivalent to 1,600 words).30
Short assignment (equivalent to 800 words).25