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Introduction to Politics

Get under the hood and understand how things run when you engage with political studies.

Whether you’re looking to battle it out in Canberra, get a better handle on your newspaper reading, or bring more critical thought to your current role, studying politics is a great option. A great and useful basis for a career in the legal system, in diplomacy, in state or local government, in the private sector, or in academia.

Studying online lets you blend your new found political science knowledge with your day job.

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Macquarie University


Bachelor of Arts

La Trobe University


Bachelor of Arts

Online politics subjects and short courses

Murdoch University


Politics, Power and Policy

Macquarie University


Australian Politics in Global Context

La Trobe University


Political Ideas and Ideologies

University of Tasmania


Introduction to Politics and Policy

Discover 65 ways to study politics with leading Australian universities.

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Politics highlights

  • Understand political ideas, institutions and actors.
  • Extend your writing skills, as you explore political concepts and constructs.
  • See the structures of power in action, as you examine current events.

Politics specialisations

  • Engage with the political structures that shape daily lives.
  • Understand the context for current events and recent political developments.
  • Interrogate ideologies.

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