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Introduction to Politics and Government (11235.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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This is an introductory unit providing students with an overview and understanding of the theory, institutions and processes of politics and government in Australia in an international context. The unit covers historical background, the Constitution, the High Court, federalism, political executives, parliament, political parties, corporate and business power, the media, national security and indigenous politics.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify the nature and significance of politics and government as human activities;

2. Apply concepts and theories in the study of politics and government to the analysis of political ideas, events, institutions and practices, relative to the historical and contemporary context;

3. Assess how politics is mediated and evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events;

4. Utilise knowledge creatively to construct a reasoned argument, identify conclusions and communicate these persuasively orally and in writing; and

5. Collaborate with others to achieve common goals through problem based group work.

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