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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beth Edmondson


Previously coded HPL2510


This unit will focus on the roles and contributions of political values, institutions and practices in Australia in establishing and maintaining a range of political, social and economic rights. Students will examine the role of government, the relationship between executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as their impacts on society. Students will become familiar with key political actors and their roles in shaping government policies and the legislative context. Students will examine the nature and roles of key actors, the importance of political values and the policy framework, including the importance of liberal democratic institutions in the Australian federal system.


On completion of this unit, students 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 fundamental political values and key political institutions that operate as the framework for the formulation and implementation of Australian public and social policy;
  3. Identify and explain rights and justice issues as sites of political debate in Australia; 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%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beth Edmondson

Contact hours

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

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

Australian studies


ATS1312 and ATS1898 or HPL1504, or equivalent


ATS3568, GSC2504, GSC2508, GSC2510, GSC3510, HPL2510, HPL3510