Courses & Units

Introduction to Politics and Policy HPP101

Hobart, Launceston


This unit provides an introduction to contemporary political concepts, debates and practices. It examines the Australian political system and compares it with other major liberal democracies such as the United States. It focuses on important policy challenges confronting advanced democracies in the 21st Century examining the nature of political power and how it is exercised. The unit also introduces students to key ideas and ideologies which have framed politics in the past and that shape it today


Unit name Introduction to Politics and Policy
Unit code HPP101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Mark Harrison (Hobart) and Joanna Vince (Launceston/Distance)

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,037.00 090100

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • HSG101, HSG103, HSG111, HSG110, HSP111, HPP110, HSG107


Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 2 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly (13 wks)

Off Campus/distance: web-based delivery (13 weeks)

BSocSc (Police Studies) In-service pathway: 39 contact hours


Task 1 Tutorial participation 15%; Task 2 Quizzes 15%; Task 3 Minor essay 1500 words 30%; Task 4 Major essay 2500 words 40%.

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