This unit explores broad ranging and contemporary aspects of Australian politics and policy, including democratic principles and Australian institutions, values and Australian culture, the Australian electoral system and campaigns, forms of political representation and the role of lobby groups, the workings of the Australian state, its courts, levels of government, and policy making forums. Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to research contemporary political and public policy controversies across a broad range of issues including democracy in principle and practice, the 'left, centre and right' in Australian politics, contested national identity, and the role of parties, public participation, the Prime Minister, ministerial staff, the separation of powers and federalism.
|Unit name||Australian Politics and Policy|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Politics and International Relations|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Joanna Vince|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Identify and evaluate contrasting arguments in the study of Australian politics and policy.
- Apply theoretical knowledge and research to analyse policy and political debates or cases.
- Communicate your ideas coherently in written and/or oral formats, drawing upon evidence and applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:HSD208 AND HSD308 AND HPP305
Lecture, face to face (Hobart and Launceston), 2 hours, 1x weekly
Tutorial, face to face, 1 hour, 1x weekly
Lecture (online), 2 hours, 1x weekly
Online Discussion Topics, 1 hour, 1x weekly
|Assessment||Australian politics quiz (10%)|Participation - in tutorials &/or online (10%)|Essay (40%)|Take home exam (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Contemporary Politics in Australia: ¿Theories, Practices and Issues (eds) Rodney Smith, Ariadne Vromen, Ian Cook Cambridge Uni Press, Pt Melb (any edition is fine)
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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