Introduction to Australian Political Institutions
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Australian Culture, International Politics, Pacific Studies, Political Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course provides an introductory study of Australian federal government focusing on key political institutions such as parliament, cabinet, federalism, the constitution, High Court, pressure groups, parties, and the public service. POLS1101 explains how the Australian political system works, highlighting both the formal structures and informal practices characteristic of Australian politics. POLS1101 develops the research, writing and analytical skills required for further study in political science and related courses.Course IntroductionPOLS1101 is an introductory lecture and tutorial course which examines the institutions, processes and politics of Australia?s political system. It is an introductory elective for BA students wishing to complete majors in Political Science or Public Policy (and a required course for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work.)Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hourAssessment SummaryMock Encyclopedia Entry: 45%Essay: 55%
- demonstrate a good knowledge of Australian political institutions.
- convey complex ideas and information in spoken and written form.
- able to take part in Australian politics and vote as an informed citizen.
- point to a record of participation in and engagement with the POLS1101 curriculum.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.