POWER AND THE PASSION: REPRESENTATION AND DEMOCRACY IN AUSTRALIAN POLITICS
Credit points: 15
This subject examines the nature of representation and democracy in Australian politics. Who gets to make political decisions and why? Which individuals and groups are represented (or not) in political decision-making? The subject begins by looking at ideas of representative democracy and how these can be applied to the Australian context. The subject then interrogates formal institutions of representative democracy in Australia, including electoral systems, parliament and political parties. It then examines the ways different social and political actors represent diverse ideas and identities, how they seek to influence decision-making, and limit or enable pathways to social change. The class will collectively choose the case studies we will examine, which may include the role of the media, grassroots activism, indigenous reconciliation, think tanks, unions, artists and popular culture, diaspora, farmers, and the business lobby. It concludes by considering whether Australia meets the ideals of representative democracy.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorBec Strating
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Incompatible subjectsPOL1RAP OR POL3RAP OR POL11AUP
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBec Strating
Lecture/SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
One 1600 word essayThis assignment will require students to research and write an essay on a specific topic related to the subject material.
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One online exam (1600 words equivalent )This online exam will test students' knowledge of a range of topics covered in the subject.
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One short activity (800 words equivalent)The activities will test students' knowledge of a range of topics covered in the subject.