POWER AND THE PASSION: REPRESENTATION AND DEMOCRACY IN AUSTRALIAN POLITICS

POL2RAP

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBec Strating

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsPOL1RAP OR POL3RAP OR POL11AUP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

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. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the multiple sources and perspectives available for studying contemporary Australian politics.
02. Critically analyse ideas, institutions and theories of representative democracy.
03. Collaborate in groups to assess aims, strategies and activities of political and social actors in influencing elections and political decision-making in Australia.
04. Apply ideas and theories of representative democracy to the Australian political context.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBec Strating

Class requirements

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1600 word essayThis assignment will require students to research and write an essay on a specific topic related to the subject material.

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One online exam (1600 words equivalent )This online exam will test students' knowledge of a range of topics covered in the subject.

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One short activity (800 words equivalent)The activities will test students' knowledge of a range of topics covered in the subject.

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2