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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POL110 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research essay (with a discussion board "post")
Short essays

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.