Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit explores the government and politics of the Australian liberal democratic state. It undertakes study of Australia's approach to Westminster governance, the development of the national constitution, the institutions of national government, federal-state relations, the role of the High Court of Australia, and the political struggle that occurs between labour and capital to exert influence over the process of government.


  1. To develop a deep understanding of how government is arranged in a liberal democratic state, using the Australian state as the case study;
  2. To foster knowledge about Australia's constitutional arrangements including a thorough understanding of the impact and legacy of the Westminster system of Responsible Government;
  3. To develop knowledge of the Australian federal system and its impact upon national, sub-national and local governance;
  4. To understand the political dynamics of the mobilisation of sections of the community in pursuit of executive power, or to influence those in executive power;
  5. To foster knowledge about Australia's democratic institutions and their inter-realtionshuip with the community and with the processes of government
  6. To foster the ability of graduates to critically evaluate politics and government, and to communicate these ideas in tutorial engagement and provide rigorous analysis in research essays.


Class test: 10%
Research essay: 40%
Tutorial participation: 10%
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)


Workload requirements

Two hours of lectures per week.
One hour tutorial per week

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


ATS1353, ATS1355