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Power and Democracy in Australia (6 points)


Leader: Jennifer Curtin

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The unit examines the location of power centres within Australian government, the social bases of political power and the relationship between power and democracy. It considers how one defines power and maps its exercise using the pluralist, elitist, class and structural models of power. It asks 'who governs Australia?' and explains why different models produce different answers.

Assessment: Essay (2500 words): 50% + Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact Hours: 3 hours (2 x 1hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Politics or permission

Prohibitions: PLT3870

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