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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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Australian Politics and Policy
Unit code HPP205
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Associate Professor Kate Crowley

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Kate Crowley

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



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and evaluate contrasting arguments in the study of Australian politics and policy.
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge and research to analyse policy and political debates or cases.
  3. Communicate your ideas coherently in written and/or oral formats, drawing upon evidence and applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.




1 Introductory HSG, HIR or HPP unit


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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:     
Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Fortnightly tutorial

Off Campus:   
Web-based delivery of 13 lectures
Fortnight online tutorial discussion


Task 1: Tutorial/Online Participation (10%)

Task 2: Australian Politics Quiz (10%)

Task 3: Essay (40%)

Task 4: Take home exam (40%)

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