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ATS1945: Issues in Australian politics and government

Faculty of Arts

Issues in Australian politics and government

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The unit explores the politics, government and key issues that challenge the Australian liberal democratic state. It undertakes study of the key theoretical issues and debates in Australian politics and governance and interrogates ideas about power that underpin them. Topics covered include: political ideologies, Australian political thought; democracy; voting behaviour; the media; gender and sexuality; Indigenous politics; social movements; and corruption. This course will provide a foundational understanding of the Australian political system.


1 - Annotated bibliography - 20% 2 - Essay - 40% 3 - Exercises - 10% 4 - Online test - 10% 5 - Online test - 20%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions