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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010


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. This unit will introduce students to conceptual and analytical models which seek to explain policy stages and processes. Students will examine the nature and roles of key actors and the policy framework, including the importance of liberal democratic institutions in the Australian federal system.


On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. use and integrate appropriate theoretical and methodological tools in analysing the nature, functions and significance of Australia's political institutions, actors and government;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the key political institutions that operate as the framework for the formulation and implementation of Australian public and social policy;
  3. demonstrate an awareness of significant debates, structural developments and theoretical/analytical frameworks in the study of Australia's political arrangements and policy context; and
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics, processes and outcomes of formulating, implementing and evaluating public and social policy decisions.


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 40%

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian studies


HPL1503 and HPL1504 or equivalents


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