DEMOCRACY, CITIZENSHIP AND REPRESENTATION
Credit points: 15
This subject examines representative democracy in Australia. We begin by exploring some of the major theoretical debates over democracy and political representation, then examine how well key elements of representative democracy in Australia measure up to the ideal. We focus on the changing relationship between the media and politics, and the implications of this for political campaigning, public debate, and political engagement; organisational and ideological change in Australia's political parties; and the rise of social movements. We also examine the problem of political inequality, including the under-representation of minority groups, recent concerns about the influence of political donations on government decision-making, and the feasibility of participatory and deliberative alternatives to representative democracy. Students should leave the subject with a better understanding of the democratic ideal and the health (or otherwise) of representative democracy in Australia.
SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
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, POL3RAP, POL11AUP from 2004-2006
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||A Virtuous Circle? Political Communications in Post-Industrial Democracies||Recommended||Norris, P.||CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2000.|
|Readings||The Politics of Party Policy: From Members to Legislators||Recommended||Gauja, A.||PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2013.|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Produce a research essay that demonstrates a broad knowledge of the multiple sources and perspectives available for studying contemporary Australian politics.
- Research essay
02. Produce written work that demonstrates a broad understanding of representation, democracy and citizenship in Australia.
- In-class exam; on-going LMS/tutorial activities
03. Write critical reviews that demonstrate the capacity to analyse Australian politics.
- Research essay; in-class exam
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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
|One 2,500 word essay||50||01, 03|
|Ongoing LMS/tutorial activities (equivalent to 400 words)||15||02|
|One mid-semester exam||35||02, 03|