POL213 Australian Political Institutions (8)

This subject examines the institutional framework of Australian politics and the political process itself. It outlines the central features of the federal political system with special attention to both historical background and contemporary debates. In addition to the study of institutional frameworks (the Constitution, parliament, political parties and so on), the subject examines the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion that have shaped Australian politics and what it means for Australians to live together as members of a political community.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POL213. 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 to be taken by students who have completed POL101.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the workings of the key institutions of government, having learned the basic facts about them
  • be able to identify the main actors in the political process and their impact on the legislative process and on electoral behaviour
  • be able to communicate and debate Australian political issues including those about power, "governability" and "legitimacy"
  • be able to monitor political events and contribute more as informed citizens and as members of interest groups
  • be able to critically evaluate Australian politics and government policies


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • An introduction to Australian Politics
  • The Federalist System
  • The Constitution
  • Electing the Executive
  • The Legislature
  • The Judiciary
  • The Bureaucracy
  • The Political Left
  • The Political Right
  • Minor Parties, Interest Groups and the Media
  • Australian Foreign Policy
  • Where is Australia heading?

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POL213 in Session 2 2019. 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 %
Political theory application
Political culture analysis
Political system analysis

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.