Courses & Units

Politics of Activism HPP309

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


May be taken as a Gender Studies unit.


Public participation has become an important component of contemporary politics and policy making. Globalisation and technology have also introduced new formulations of civic engagement such as 'cyber-participation' and 'hactivism'. 

This unit critically engages students with theories and debates that surround concepts of participatory politics and policy development. Is there public disaffection with politics and government? Have we become less trusting of political institutions and increasingly indifferent toward democratic participation? What facilitates the current political fascination with a revival of civic engagement? How is the notion of 'community' activism developed in the current political environment and the market economy? The unit explores answers to these questions and introduces students to local, national and global studies of participatory politics and policy processes.


Unit name Politics of Activism
Unit code HPP309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Dr M Alessandrini

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


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HIR101 and HPP101

Mutual Exclusions

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

HPP209, HSG202, HSG302


Teaching Pattern

Int:2-hr lecture weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly;

Dist. Ed:web-based delivery of 13 lectures, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly


2,500-word essay (30%), 1,000-word report (20%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (40%)

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