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.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23

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