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POIR1010 – Australian Politics in Global Context

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

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As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Ian Tregenza
Tutor
Vincenzo Scappatura
Tutor
Conor Keane
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
In this unit, we introduce Australian politics through the lens of debates about globalisation and in so doing, we examine key Australian political institutions, ideologies and contemporary issues. We explore the ways in which they have been effected by, and have also filtered the effects of, accelerated globalisation. We ask: What is globalisation and how, if at all, has it blurred the boundaries between domestic and foreign policy issues? What is the nature of Australia's key political institutions (the Constitution, the High Court, Federalism, and Parliament), and are they democratic? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the main political ideologies? What are the key contemporary issues in Australia's political life (reconciliation, immigration, the war on terror, political information management), and is globalisation a sufficient or even a necessary explanation for understanding them?

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Articulate a sound understanding of the foundations of the Australian political system and its relationship to its global context
  • ULO2: Communicate in verbal and written form the key features of Australia's main political institutions and the debates and controversies that surround them
  • ULO3: Demonstrate familiarity with the main political ideologies and parties that are influential in the Australia political scene
  • ULO4: Use a sophisticated analytical vocabulary for better appreciating the most pressing contemporary issues in Australian politics

General Assessment Information

Late Submission Penalty “Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.”

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Tutorial Participation 10% No Ongoing
Quiz 20% No Week 4
Major Essay 40% No Week 10
Final Exam 30% No Week 13

Tutorial Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 10%

 

The emphasis in tutorials will be on group discussions and exploring contemporary issues in Australian politics. Students will be assessed on the quality of their contributions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Communicate in verbal and written form the key features of Australia's main political institutions and the debates and controversies that surround them

Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 16 hours
Due: Week 4
Weighting: 20%

 

There will be one online quiz in week 4 of the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate a sound understanding of the foundations of the Australian political system and its relationship to its global context

Major Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 32 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 40%

 

This is a 1500-word essay +/- 10%, with topics drawn from across the unit, which allows students to explore a research topic in depth

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate a sound understanding of the foundations of the Australian political system and its relationship to its global context
  • Communicate in verbal and written form the key features of Australia's main political institutions and the debates and controversies that surround them
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the main political ideologies and parties that are influential in the Australia political scene
  • Use a sophisticated analytical vocabulary for better appreciating the most pressing contemporary issues in Australian politics

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 24 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%

 

The final, two-hour exam will require students to write three short essays, drawn from topics across the entire unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate a sound understanding of the foundations of the Australian political system and its relationship to its global context
  • Communicate in verbal and written form the key features of Australia's main political institutions and the debates and controversies that surround them
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the main political ideologies and parties that are influential in the Australia political scene
  • Use a sophisticated analytical vocabulary for better appreciating the most pressing contemporary issues in Australian politics

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Australian Politics in Global Context

Welcome to POL 101, Australian Politics in Global Context. Australian politics has undergone rapid change over the past three decades. The relative stability of the post-war era has given way to a political and social landscape of accelerated transformation. Previously taken-for- granted values are challenged, once stable institutions are destabilised, and the very idea of an Australian political community (what it is, who it encompasses, and the future directions it should take) is the subject of fierce controversy. These political tremors have been expressed most acutely in the rise of and subsequent challenges to multiculturalism, and in the neo-liberal restructuring of key Australian institutions, with an attendant growth of inequality.

In this course, we introduce Australian politics through the lens of debates about globalization and its consequences for state capacities, sovereignty and decision-making. In so doing, we examine key political institutions, ideologies and contemporary issues. We explore the ways in which they been affected by, and have also filtered the effects of, accelerated globalization. Among other questions, we ask: what is globalization and how, if at all, has it blurred the boundaries between ‘domestic’ and ‘foreign’ policy issues; what is the nature of Australia’s key political institutions, and do they ensure a high degree of democratic participation and accountability in a global era; what are the strengths and weaknesses of the main political ideas that inform public debate in this country, and how are they expressed in political struggle between the main parties?

In trying to answer these questions, we will provide a number of weekly readings that will be available on ilearn. To get the best out of this unit it is essential that students read, think carefully about what they are reading, and come to tutorials prepared to discuss the readings.

Unit Material:

The main readings will be from the textbook by Kefford, G. et. al., (2018) Australian Politics in the Twenty-First Century: Old Institutions, New Challenges (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). It is only available in hard copy. Students should order the book immediately so that they can start reading as soon as possible. 

 

 

 
       
       
       
       
 

Unit Schedule

Australian Democracy, an overview.

Australian Federalism

The Legislature: Whose Laws?

The Executive, Power and Accountability

The Australian Constitution and the High Court

The Bureaucracy and Public Service

The Australian Electoral System

The Parties – Major and Minor

Political Leadership

The Media and Democracy

Citizen Participation and Engagement

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