Bachelor of Arts

Return to course summary

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, the environment and gender. Our units are intended to encourage student to make better sense of the world in which they live and to 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

AIP107Introduction to Politics

AIP116Visions and Values in Politics

Level 2 

Select 4 credit points at level 2 from the following:

AIE255Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics

AIP209Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia

AIP230Understanding Public Policy

AIP243Europe's Political Transformation

AIP245Environmental Politics

AIP247Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies

AIR292Study Tour: America and the International System

Level 3

AIP300Democracy and Dissent

AIP301Political Parties and Social Movements

Students commencing prior to 2016 can also select:

AIP398Political Leadership

Return to course summary