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HPL3510 - Governing Australia: Federal Politics and Policy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Beth Edmondson


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit will focus on Australia's political institutions and practices. Students will examine the role of government, the relationship between executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as their impact on society. Students will become familiar with phases in policy development and the relationship between institutions, government and policy-making. Students will become familiar with relevant conceptual and analytical models and learn to apply them to explain policy stages and processes. Students will examine the nature and roles of key actors and the policy framework, as well as the importance of liberal democratic institutions in the Australian federal system.


One essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours per week (1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial)


HPL1503 and HPL1504 or equivalents


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