Politics and Citizenship in Australia
Gain an awareness of Australian political culture and its historical context. Learn the structure and processes of government in Australia. Think critically about major current political issues and debates in the news today.
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- 29 Jun 2020
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By the end of this 10-week course, you’ll be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and processes of government in Australia.
- Demonstrate an awareness of Australian political culture and its historical context.
- Explore the legal and economic contexts of government in Australia, particularly in respect of their differential impacts on citizenship and human rights of diverse cultural groups in Australian society.
- Identify and critically discuss some of the major current political debates in Australia.
- Examine the context and history of Indigenous political issues.
- Introduction to politics
- Politics, citizenship and human rights
- Australian federalism
- The constitution and the High Court
- Democracy and the Parliamentary system
- The electoral system and the party system
- Major and minor parties
- The executive
- Interest groups and social movements
- Media and the Australian political system
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
All industries are profoundly affected by government actions and policies. Many fields in the human services, health and education are directly or indirectly shaped by government policies and resources. This is why it’s imperative for professionals to understand the Australian political system.
Gain an awareness of Australian political culture and its historical context. Develop your understanding of the structure and processes of government in Australia. Learn to critically think about major current political issues and debates in the news today.
Learn about our Federal, Commonwealth and State Constitutions. Examine a range of topics including the judicial system; the parliamentary system; the executive; democracy and citizenship; political parties and political participation; citizenship and human rights and social justice; and the position of Aboriginal people in the Australian political system.
UniSA Online’s 10-week short courses give you the flexibility to upskill in a certain area, stay current with developments in your field, diversify your knowledge, or even explore a new direction in your career – without having to commit to the time and cost of a full university degree.
Delivered 100% online, you’ll be able to study where and when it suits you. Access online academic and student support seven days a week, fit study around work and life commitments, view learning resources 24/7, and log in to the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.
This is a first-year course from UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology degree.
- Continuous Assessment (60%)
- Essay (40%)
Australian Political Institutions 10th Ed.
Singleton, Aitkin,Jinks & Warhurst