pol3cap contemporary aust politics



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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. This may include inequality, welfare reform, industrial relations, tax, environmental policy 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.

SchoolSchool 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 POL2CAP

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. An understanding of the major theoretical and empirical issues involved in the study of Australian public policy

Research paper

02. Write a research paper that demonstrates a broad understanding of the key issues at stake in selected policy areas

Research paper; exam

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