• 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 Katrine Beauregard
    • Prof Ian McAllister
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2018
    See Future Offerings

Why do Australians vote the way they do? Why are young people more likely to support minor parties? What would happen if voting were not compulsory? How important is the environment to most people? Do Australians want the government to play a larger or smaller role in our lives? The answers to these questions have very important implications for Australian democracy. This course will examine how the dimensions of political behaviour and public opinion have been changing over time and the implications of this for the future of Australian politics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse academic surveys and public opinion polls.

2. Evaluate the contribution surveys and opinion polls makes to our understanding of Australian politics.

3. Critically assess and present arguments based on empirical evidence and theoretical models based on the voter behaviour literature.

4. Assess the most important post-1945 elections and the events and issues driving electoral outcomes.

5. Develop analytical and writing skills through the research essay and exam.

6. Discuss and reasses central ideas in collegical class environment.

Other Information

Expected Classes 2018:

Monday 8 January, 9am-5pm

Wednesday 10 January, 9am-5pm

Friday 12 January, 9am-5pm

Monday 15 January, 9am-5pm

Wednesday 17 January, 9am-5pm

Friday 19 January, 9am-5pm


How to enrol into a course offered in a non-standard session (Summer Session, Autumn Session, Winter Session, Spring Session):

  1. Complete an Enrolment Variation Form (including the Course Code, Class number and Session).
  2. Submit the Form via email to ug.students.cass@anu.edu.au or in person to the CASS Student Office. If the course requires permission, please include an email from the Course Convenor.
  3. Submit your request as early as possible prior to the commencement of the relevant Session, allowing up to 3 weeks for processing.
  4. Please take note of the Overload Policy, which may apply if you are enrolling in a non-standard session.

If you have questions, please contacts the CASS Student Office a ug.students.cass@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

Research Essay (40%)(2,000 words)

Exam (40%)(3 essay question responses)

Tutorial attendance/participation (10%)

Tutorial presentation (10%)

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials delivered intensively over 10 days; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Political Science (POLS) courses; or with permission of the convenor.

You will need to contact the School of Politics and International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be available.

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
2018 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1769 01 Jan 2018 05 Jan 2018 12 Jan 2018 23 Feb 2018 In Person

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