Australian Politics

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


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 3 Hours per Week

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

2024 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

11 Mar 24 - 9 Jun 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
24 Mar 24

5 Apr 24

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Apr 24

4 Nov 24 - 9 Feb 25

4 Mar 25

Last self enrolment:
17 Nov 24

29 Nov 24

Last withdraw without fail:
27 Dec 24

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students 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