• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences

This course involves the study of the impact of pressure groups on politics and policy-making in Australia. The role of both sectional groups (such as business organisations and trade unions), promotional groups (including the environmental and women's lobbies), as well as professional independent lobbyists, will be examined. The course will also address differing styles of interaction between groups and governments, such as consultative strategies, political lobbying, direct action, election campaigning and public opinion management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  1. Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the literature related to organized interests, interest groups and lobbying.
  2. Apply relevant aspects these theories and related methods/techniques to identify and investigate empirical contexts (in Australia and elsewhere).
  3. Critically assess and evaluate the utility of relevant theories and methods introduced as part of the class.
  4. Produce written analytical work on a research topic connected to the course.
  5. Orally present, discuss and critique their own ideas, and the ideas of others in a constructive fashion.

Indicative Assessment

Two x 2,500 word essays (45% each) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

Tutorial work (10%) [Learning Outcome 5]

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Workload

Two lectures and one tutorial a week. Students should expect to commit up to 10 hours per week for this course for contact and non-contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3311 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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