• 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
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Uhr
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

Political science generally examines relationships among ideas, institutions, and interests. This course focuses on Australian political ideas about institutions and interests. The aim is to understand the nature of political and policy argument in Australia by examining debate over central themes in Australian politics. The course asks what is distinctive about political argument in Australia, what are the driving ideas in Australian politics, and how do these ideas compare with global norms such as deliberative democracy. The course tracks the role of ideas (including ideas about the value of material interests) in defining the institutions and policies characteristic of Australian national politics. Sources include writings of leading political actors and influential policy analysts, including contributors to the development of political science in Australia.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. compare the core ideas influencing Australian politics

2. explain relationships between ideas and political institutions and policy processes

3. apply analytical frameworks to political ideas in the Australian context

4. assess the role of political ideas in contemporary policy debates

5. argue with evidence over the place of ideas in Australian policy and politics

Indicative Assessment

Critical Review Paper (20%) of 1000 words (Outcomes 1, 2)

Research Paper (40%) of 3000 words (Outcomes 2, 3, and 4)

Examination (30%) with three questions (Outcomes, 4, 5)

Tutorial participation (10%) (Outcomes 1, 5)

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Workload

2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial each week

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

James Walter, What were they thinking? The politics of ideas in Australia. UNSW Press 2010.

R A W Rhodes, Editor. The Australian Study of Politics. Palgrave Macmillan and APSA 2009.

Additional readings available on-line from beginning of the course.

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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8908 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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