POL110 Australian History and Politics (8)

This subject aims to enhance student understanding of contemporary Australia through an examination of the history and politics that have shaped and continue to shape it. It will explore change over time with an emphasis on understanding the symbiosis of social and political forces. It will also develop an understanding of the place of the individual both as shaped by history and as a shaper of history.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POL110. 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

Not available to students who have completed HST105, HST204, POL101 or POL106

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate broad knowledge of 20th century Australian History, Australian Government and Politics
  • apply a historical perspective to understanding the present
  • demonstrate increased political selfawareness and understanding
  • demonstrate and apply understanding of how power works in Australia
  • demonstrate discipline based skills of research, critical thinking and formal writing


This subject will cover the following topics:

. politics and history including the development of party politics . rights, power and citizenship . social perspectives and an Aboriginal version of history . what does 'class' mean in Australia? . the Trade Union Movement . Federation and Federalism including the constitution . political structures - three arms and three levels of government . 1900 -1914 . World War I . 1920s . the Depression and the 1930s . World War II . the Cold War and the 1950s . the impact of technology . the Vietnam War . the 1960s . the 1970's to the present . constitutional crises . Australia's place in the world . changing beliefs, values and ethics . the political role of education and changes in the education system 7.the changing place of women


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.