Unit aim

Provides students with a sound understanding of the institutions and processes of government and politics in Australia. Emphasises critical thinking through the opportunity to develop and present coherent and persuasive arguments both orally and in writing on important political questions. Develops technological skills through online participation and debate.

Unit content

  1. Government in Australia
  2. Democracy in Australia
  3. Factors affecting government and democracy in Australia
  4. Issues for government and democracy in Australia

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Miragliotta, N, Errington, W & Barry, N , 2013, The Australian Political System in Action, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Session 3

  • Miragliotta, N, Errington, W & Barry, N , 2013, The Australian Political System in Action, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay35%
Essay50%
Exam: take home15%

Lismore

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay35%
Essay50%
Exam: take home15%

Online

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay35%
Essay50%
Exam: take home15%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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