HST213 Australian Civics and Citizenship (8)

This subject introduces students to the functions of democracy and concepts of citizenship in Australia. It provides knowledge of the concepts of democracy, citizenship and leadership within the relevant historical contexts. Students will examine the role and influence of both groups and individuals in Australian democracy.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

POL 100 and POL101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of Australian civics and citizenship
  • be able to discuss concepts of democracy, citizenship and leadership in Australian politics
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills to participate in the Australian democratic system
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of changes in citizenship policies and practices since Federation
  • be able to evaluate the role of the media and other outside influences in the political process


This subject will cover the following topics:

-Ideals of Australian democracy and enfranchisement -Federation and the Australian constitution -Roles and responsibilities of three tiers of government -Concepts of citizenship and communities -Citizenship policies and migrants/Indigenous people -Case studies of protest movements and lobby groups -Concepts of political leadership -Power and influence through Prime Ministers and Opposition leaders -Media influence in politics


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.