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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. 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.


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 40%
3rd level students are required to demonstrate greater levels of theoretical reflection and analysis in their written work than students studying at 2nd level.

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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