- Code POLS2114
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 UGRD
- Jillian Sheppard
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2014
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
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 AssessmentWorkshop 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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WorkloadThree hour workshop each week.Students are expected to undertake 7 hours of independent study a week including reading and preparing essays.). Lectures will be recorded.
Requisite and Incompatibility
To be determined
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8902||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|