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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we examine representative democracy in Australia, focusing on the key ideas, representative institutions and political actors animating Australian politics. We explore the concepts of democracy, citizenship and representation, and then consider how these ideas have been put into practice in Australia. Students will examine the Australian party system in depth, with a particular focus on ideological and organisational change in Australia's political parties. The subject will also explore changes in the nature of election campaigning and media coverage in Australia, and it will examine the important role played by interest groups and social movements. We conclude the semester by considering the feasibility of participatory and deliberative alternatives to representative democracy.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - 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 POL1RAP, POL2RAP, POL11AUP from 2004-2006

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGovernment, politics, power and policy in AustraliaPreliminaryParkin, A., Summers, J. & Woodward, D.8TH EDN, LONGMAN 2006

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