Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The discipline of politics concerns itself with key concepts of power, justice and order. It addresses questions of how societies are organised politically; how power and resources are distributed; and the impact these choices have on the rights and livelihoods of people. This subject introduces students to the key concepts and analytical tools of the discipline of politics. It examines the major institutions, ideas and structures that are central to understanding politics. This subject also introduces students to comparative approaches to politics by examining Australia's political system and those found in other states. In doing so, this subject will enable students to understand politics in a global context, including the diversity of values and perspectives that underpin modern political systems. This subject addresses Latrobe's Global Citizenship essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesMajor essay and take-home exam; online exercises; tutorials and lectures

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorRod Hague, Martin Harrop and John McCormick


Edition/Volume11TH ED



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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Understand the key disciplinary ideas and conceptual tools for studying and understanding politics in both Australia and globally.
02. Identify the core political institutions of democratic and non-democratic governments across the globe.
03. Compare the core political institutions, ideas and activities across diverse states globally.
04. Build the critical academic skills necessary to develop an argument based on scholarly research.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online LMS quizzes (equivalent to 800 words) Online assessments linked with in class activities

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Take-home exam (1600 words) Critical evaluations of subject material at the end of the semester to be completed at home over four days.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4