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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

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.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the role of political institutions and the people within them as well as concepts such as government and democracy
2 identify and explain the factors affecting government and democracy in Australia
3 present coherent and persuasive arguments on important political issues
4 utilise online research and retrieval systems and access and participate in online activities.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the role of political institutions and the people within them as well as concepts such as government and democracy
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. identify and explain the factors affecting government and democracy in Australia
    • GA4:
  3. present coherent and persuasive arguments on important political issues
    • GA6:
  4. utilise online research and retrieval systems and access and participate in online activities.
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

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

  • 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 teaching periods.