• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Juliet Clark
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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As industrialized societies become more diverse, there is a growing need to understand how ‘racial,’ ethnic and religious minorities participate in politics and society. This course will focus on the political and social inclusion of migrant and ethnic minority (MEM) groups in Australia and other countries. It considers such questions as: Are there differences in the participation and voting behaviours of members from migrant and ethnic minority groups, compared to other citizens? Is there such a thing as the ‘ethnic vote’? What are the political behaviours of ethnic, ‘racial’ and religious minorities in comparison to citizens from majority groups? What are the sources of mobilization for minority political participation? What are the individual, cultural and structural barriers to full participation among MEM groups within Western democracies?  The course considers these questions in both an Australian and comparative context, and looks carefully at how contextual differences matter.

The course is designed both as an exercise in covering the theory and literature in the field, and as a vehicle for encouraging research in migration politics. With respect to theory, the course covers themes in comparative and Australian political science including mass political behaviour, parties and party systems, parliamentary systems, elections and electoral systems, representation, legislative behaviour, social capital, identity politics, political elites, citizenship frameworks and immigration policies. With respect to research, the course includes online tasks that are designed to help you engage in research on significant questions regarding the political participation of minority groups in Australia and in comparative perspective. 

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Evaluate the contribution that research evidence makes to our understanding of migration politics.
  2. Critically assess and present arguments based on migrant politics literature.
  3. Assess the most important events and issues underpinning migration politics.
  4. Discuss and reassess central ideas in weekly assessment tasks.
  5. Analyze survey data using software packages.
  6. Develop analytical and writing skills through reflection paper and essay.

Indicative Assessment

Seminar Paper (500 words) (20%) LOs 1,2

Reflection Paper (800 words) (30%) LOs 3,4

Essay (2200 words) (50%) Los 5-6

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Online: 1 hour of lecture, 2 hours of directed online learning activities per week for 12 weeks.  Students are expected to commit a further 94 hours of independent study over the semester (total 130 hours).

Preliminary Reading

Jennifer L. Hochschild and John Mollenkopf. 2009. “Modeling Immigrant Political Incorporation.” Ch. 2 in Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation. New York: Cornell University Press, 2009.

Laura Morales. 2011. “Conceptualizing and Measuring Migrants’ Political Inclusion” Pp 19- 42 in L. Morales and M. Giugni (eds.), Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. New York: Palgrave.

Thomas Saalfeld, Andreas Wüst and Karen Bird. 2010. “Epilogue: Towards a Strategic Model of Minority Participation and Representation” Pp 266-275 in Bird et al., The Political Representation of Immigrants and Minorities: Voters, Parties and Parliaments in Liberal Democracies. New York: Routledge.

Kanchan Chandra. 2006. “What is Ethnic Identity and Does it Matter?” Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 9: 397-424.

James Jupp. 2003. How Well Does Australian Democracy Serve Immigrant Australians (Democratic Audit of Australia report no. 1). Canberra: Australian National University.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4825 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online N/A

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