• 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
    • Dr Jillian Sheppard
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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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 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 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

Three 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 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:
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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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
8639 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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