Introduction to Australian Political Institutions

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Australian Political Institutions

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, International Politics, Pacific Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides an introductory study of Australian federal government focusing on key political institutions such as parliament, cabinet, federalism, the constitution, High Court, pressure groups, parties, and the public service. POLS1101 explains how the Australian political system works, highlighting both the formal structures and informal practices characteristic of Australian politics. POLS1101 develops the research, writing and analytical skills required for further study in political science and related courses.
    Course Introduction
    POLS1101 is an introductory lecture and tutorial course which examines the institutions, processes and politics of Australia?s political system. It is an introductory elective for BA students wishing to complete majors in Political Science or Public Policy (and a required course for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work.)
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • demonstrate a good knowledge of Australian political institutions.
    • convey complex ideas and information in spoken and written form.
    • able to take part in Australian politics and vote as an informed citizen.
    • point to a record of participation in and engagement with the POLS1101 curriculum.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    Mock Encyclopedia Entry: 45%
    Essay: 55%

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