Australian Politics and Government

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian Politics and Government

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course provides students with an introduction to the history, themes and issues that dominate Australian politics. Anyone who lives and /or works in Australia - whether in the public or private sectors - needs a thorough grasp of its politics. This course aims to provide this by delving far below the surface of politics portrayed by the mass media. It looks at the stresses and strains and asks whether the political system works, or whether it is failing its citizens.
    Course Introduction
    Politics dominates our lives, whether we like it or not. This course will inform you about how politics works in order to better understand and interpret the events and institutions shaping both the public and private domains. It provides an introduction to Australian federal politics within the context of rising public distrust of politicians and political institutions and widespread economic change. The course seeks to foster a critical understanding of how Australia's political institutions have been shaped over time as well as their changing role and place in Australian society.
    In spite of the power and reach of globalisation, every polity remains different. Australia is no exception ? it has its own political nuances and idiosyncrasies that make it both interesting and worth of study in its own right. We will look at the events and actors which have shaped Australian federal politics, as well as key issues in Australian politics. This includes the role of political parties, interest groups, national identity, race and gender.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 An understanding of the nature of Australian politics and what defines it.
    2 The ability to identify and discuss the key trends, themes and issues in contemporary Australian politics.
    3 A capacity to critically analyse the roles of important actors, such as business and other elites.
    4 An ability to explain why Australian politics has evolved in the way that it has

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Guided discussion with peers
    Seminar attendance and participation


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Minor Essay


    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Major Essay


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.