pol1aup aust politics govt




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to the political ideas and institutions that are central to Australian politics. The subject examines ideas such as individual freedom, freedom of speech, democracy and inequality, and explores their relevance to Australian Politics. Students are also introduced to Australia's major political institutions, including the Parliament, the Prime Minister, the High Court and the Constitution, and to key players including the media.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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).

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Political Institutions.RecommendedSingleton, G. Aitkin, D. Jinks, B. and Warhurst, J.10TH ED., PEARSON, 2013.
ReadingsGovernment and Politics in AustraliaRecommendedFenna, A., Robbins, J. and Summers, J.10TH EDN, PEARSON 2014
ReadingsThe Australian Political System in Action.RecommendedMiragliotta, N., Errington, W., Barry, N.2ND ED. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2013

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Complete written work that demonstrates a broad evaluation of diverse positions/arguments regarding relevant topics in Australian Politics

Major essay; short essay; on-going tutorial/LMS exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

02. Produce a sustained complex written argument in Australian Politics.

Major essay; short essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

03. Produce critical reviews that demonstrate a broad and critical knowledge of the multiple sources and perspectives available for studying Australian politics.

Major essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

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

TutorialWeek: 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%ILO*
Major essay - 1600-1800 words.4501, 02, 03
On-going LMS/tutorial activities (equivalent to 1200 words)3001
Short essay (1000 words).2501