Bachelor of Arts

Politics and Policy Studies - unit set code MJ-A000005

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (Online)

In Politics and Policy Studies, students will examine issues of power and authority through studies of policy, institutions and political movements. Students will also be introduced to the political values, ideas and ideologies that orient political action. Throughout the sequence of units, students will be encouraged to understand contemporary political problems at local, national and global levels. Key themes include democracy, citizenship, globalisation, risk, environment, gender and religion. Our units are intended to encourage student to make better sense of the world in which they live and understand the current social and political challenges they face. Central is a concern to understand how Australian and global institutions ought to respond to complex policy problems in an era of globalisation and rapid change.

On successful completion of the Politics and Policy Studies sequence, students should have the skills and capacities to:

  • comprehend and critically analyse political issues and policy debates
  • identify, understand and analyse political ideas and arguments
  • understand and explain the principles that inform political action at local, national and global levels
  • understand the organisation of government in Australia and other countries
  • apply key political concepts to contemporary debates and policy issues
  • communicate clearly, in written and oral form, about political issues and policy options.

Level 1

Trimester 1

AIP107Contemporary Australian Politics

Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

AIP116Visions and Values in Politics


Levels 2 and 3

Select 6 credit points, including at least 2 credit points at level 2 and at least 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:

Trimester 1
AIE255Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics

AIP205Democracy and Democratisation

AIP230Public Policy in Australia

AIP398Political Leadership

Trimester 2

AIP204Politics and the Media

AIP207Political Parties and Social Movements

AIP246European Union: Regional and Global Powerhouse

AIP307Comparative Politics

AIP209Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia


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