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Undergraduate | MAQ-POIX2010 | 2024

Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class and Gender

Previously MAQ-POIX201

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Consider the politics of fairness in modern Australia. Dig into the treatment of Indigenous Australians and new arrivals. Question if men and women receive equal opportunities. Explore the politics of same sex relationships. See connections and consequences. 

Study method
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Start dates
22 July 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class and Gender

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Have the ability to peer below the surface feature of Australian politics and its discourse to identify the underlying inequalities at play
    2. Understand and identify linkages between, for example, class and race and Australian nationhood
    3. Critically analyse Australian politics and assess the degree to which it reinforces and normalises inequality
    4. Demonstrate capacity to assess the extent that the media and new economic technologies impact – if at all – on the reproduction of existing social relations
    5. Demonstrate critical understanding of the interplay between discourse, ideology, structures and agency in shaping the makeup of Australian society in terms of race, nation, class and gender

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PLT210 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-POIX201 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PLT210, POL201, POL250, POIX201
Pre-requisite: 40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in POL or POIR or POIX units)
NCCW (2020 and onwards) POIR2010 Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class and Gender

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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