Australian Politics

POL10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 3 Hours per Week

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22





Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide students with a critical introduction to the Australian political system; the institutions and actors that comprise it; and the ideas and values that underpin the practice of democratic politics. Students will examine the origins and evolution of these key actors and institutions and consider how they are being challenged and transformed by technological change; new forms of political engagement; and shifting ideas of representation.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and dynamics of the Australian political system.
2. Apply theoretical models to the analysis of political behaviour in Australia.
3. Critically evaluate different perspectives on issues and problems.
4. Perform logical analysis and develop well-informed arguments.

Courses with unit

BA-ARTS3 Bachelor of Arts
BA-ARTSPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
BB-LAWART Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts