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Introduction to Politics and Government (8296.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



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    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179135) - View
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    • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (167527) - View
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    • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (139828) - View

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    This unit provides students with an overview and understanding of the theory, institutions and processes of politics and government in Australia. It provides an introduction to the concepts of representative and responsible government and the functions of the constitution. It examines the principles of federalism, parliamentary government, the political executive, as well as the functions of the judiciary, the role of the Head of State, bureaucracy, voting systems, party systems, pressure groups, the media, ethnic diversity and citizenship as well as national security and globalisation.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Gain an understanding of general principles and central institutions of government.

    2. Gain an understanding of the relationship between principles, institutions (formal & informal) and processes of government in Australia in an international context.

    3. Gain an understanding of how the current Australian government operates within the context of these principles, institutions and processes in the context of globalisation, citizenship and national security.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.



    Incompatible Units

    9549 Introduction to Western Political Thought

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