pol2rap democ, citizen and represent



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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 involved in 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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBec Strating

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 POL1RAP, POL3RAP, POL11AUP from 2004-2006

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA Virtuous Circle? Political Communications in Post-Industrial DemocraciesRecommendedNorris, P.Cambridge University Press
ReadingsContemporary Australian Political Party OrganisationsRecommendedMiragliotta, N., Gauja, A., and Smith, R. (eds.)Monash University Press

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.

Research essay; mid-semester exam

03. Write critical reviews that demonstrate the capacity to analyse Australian politics.

Research essay; mid-semester exam

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