POL213 Australian Government And Politics (8)


This subject surveys the institutional framework of Australian politics and the political process itself. It examines the Constitution, cabinet, parliament, bureaucracy and federal system; it then looks at the role of parties, pressure groups and the media. Criteria for evaluating the processes and outcomes of liberal democracy are mentioned and applied throughout.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not to be taken by students who have completed POL101.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • * be able to understand the workings of the key institutions of government, having learned the basic facts about them
  • * be able to understand how the main actors in the political process have an impact on the legislative process and on electoral behaviour
  • * be able to understand some of the main debates about power, "governability" and "legitimacy"
  • * be able to monitor political material and contribute more as informed citizens and as members of interest-groups


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is Australian Government and Politics?
  • The Parliament and Liberal Democracy
  • The Electoral System: Electoral Behaviour and Representation
  • The Constitution
  • The High Court
  • Responsible Government and the Administration of Liberal Democracy
  • Political Ideologies
  • Interest Groups and Social Movements
  • Beyond Liberal Democracy?


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.