• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jillian Sheppard
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Australia is one of the world's oldest liberal democracies.  This longevity is due, in part, to institutional design.  A close examination of Australia's political institutions reveals both stability and evolution from their original design.  This course explores this stability and change dynamic through an examination of the Australian political system. It provides students with an overview of the cleavages that characterize Australia and the institutions that attempt to manage them.  This course concentrates on formal political institutions paying particular attention to the constitution, institutions of government (e.g. High Court, Parliament, federalism), and electoral competition. We will also compare Australia to other advanced democracies enhancing our understanding of the Australian state.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course students should be able to:

1.     Critically analyse the structure and dynamics of Australian political institutions

2.     Analyse the contribution of institutions to our understanding of Australian politics

3.     Apply the various analytical frameworks of political science to Australian institutions

4.     Be able to place Australian political institutions in comparative perspective by making reference to other advanced democracies

5.     Have developed their research, writing, and verbal presentation skills.

Indicative Assessment

Workshop participation 10% (learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5)

Mid-TermExamination (1 hour, in class): 20% (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3)

Research Paper (10-12pages, 2500-3000 words) 40%(Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5)

Final Exam: (2 hours) 30% (Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3)

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of workshops; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POLS1002 and 6 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

To be determined

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8434 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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