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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students examine the origins and evolving nature of Australian political culture from federation to the present-day. Utilising Paul Kelly's contested, but nevertheless, useful concept of an 'Australian Settlement', we identify the key ideas, values, policies and programs that shaped Australian political life. Topics include: Aboriginal dispossession and the doctrine and ideology of terra nullius, the 'White Australia' policy, masculinism, secularism, the British colonial heritage, Australia's reliance on 'great and powerful' allies' and the role of the state in shaping the life chances and political outlook of Australians. Assessment aims to consolidate students' analytical, research and communication skills and to develop their ethical and cultural awareness.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesMajor essay, short assignment, class tests and online exercises

Capstone subjectNo

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 subjectsPOL3APC

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Online readings

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed






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Other descriptionN/A

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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. Complete written work that shows an understanding of how to locate, integrate and summarise relevant research
02. Complete written work that that shows an understanding of key issues, concepts and debates in Australian politics
03. Produce written work that shows an understanding of key issues and debates in Australian politics and the ability to critically analyse and evaluate them
04. Write critical reviews that demonstrates the ability to construct a clear, coherent argument on an aspect of Australian political history and culture

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