Australian Politics:Democracy & Justice

Subject POLS40002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week. If enrolments exceed 30, the 2nd hour of the seminar may be split into 2 or 3 small classes.
Total Time Commitment: 10
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Public Policy and Management 4th-year Pass degree, or Honours in Public Policy & Management, Political Science, Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies, or the Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma in Public Policy and Management, Political Science, Criminology, Socio-legal Studies, or the Master of Public Policy and Management, or Master of Criminology.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-047 Australian Politics: Citizenship and Rights
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Brian Galligan


Prof. Brian Galligan

Subject Overview:

This subject will investigate how Australian constitutional democracy has been structured and how it has defined and developed citizenship and protected human rights. To address these issues students will investigate questions such as, How was Australian democracy institutionalised, and how are those institutions coping today? Is Australia"s federalism dysfunctional and what should be done to fix it? How have Australia"s traditions of citizenship and human rights been conceptualised and implemented? How are citizenship and human rights connected with broader issues of democracy and constitutional structure? Does Australia need to reconceptualise and reform its regimes for citizenship and human rights? What is social justice? How should governments ensure appropriate social and economic entitlements? Students should gain a critical understanding of contemporary issues concerning Australian democracy, citizenship, individual and group rights, social justice, Aboriginal self-determination, the impact of globalisation and treaty making, women"s rights, multiculturalism and immigration.

  • have developed skills in analysing and explaining key developments in Australian politics relating to institutional design, citizenship and protection rights.
  • be familiar with different methods and approaches for studying Australian politics.
  • have an understanding of the main developments in Australian politics in this area, including their historical background and contemporary context.
  • be informed of key current issues facing Australian politics and their likely impact on public policy.
Assessment: A review essay of 750 words (15%) due early in semester, a research paper of 3000 words (60%) due in the examination period, and a group project equivalent to 1250 words (25%) due in the examination period.
Prescribed Texts: none
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry.
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic.
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Studies
Australian Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science
Public Policy and Management
Public Policy and Management
Socio-Legal studies
Socio-legal Studies

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