Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on the key issues at stake in contemporary Australian politics and public policy. The subject begins by introducing students to the major theoretical perspectives on policy-making, along with the historical and structural factors that shape government in Australia. We then focus in depth on a selection of policy issues that have been central to the political agenda in recent years, including welfare reform and disadvantage, industrial relations reform, climate change and media policy. While not all students will have done POL1RAP or POL1AUP, prior knowledge of the institutional structure of Australian politics is assumed. This subject is recommended for Honours students intending to research an Australian topic for their Honours thesis.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects POL3CAP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn Introduction to Australian Public Policy.2nd ed.RecommendedMaddison, S. + Denniss, R.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2013
ReadingsIntroduction to Australian public policyRecommendedFenna, A.2ND ED., LONGMAN 2004

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Research paper: 2,000 words50
Two in-class tests (equivalent to 2,000 words in total).50