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Politics and Policy Studies - unit set code MJ-A000005

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

AIP107 Contemporary Australian Politics (B, G, W, X)  

Trimester 2 (B, G, W) or trimester 3 (X)
AIP116 Modern Political Ideologies (B, G, W, X)  

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
AIE255 Middle East Politics (B, G, X)  

AIP205 Democracy and Citizenship (B, G, X)  ***

AIP230 Public Policy in Australia (B, G, W, X)  *

AIP398 Political Leadership (B, G, X)  

AIR205 The Rise of China (B, G)  

Trimester 2

AIP203 Politics in India   ****

AIP204 Politics and the Media (B, G, W, X)  

AIP207 Political Parties and Social Movements (B, G, X)  

AIP246 European Union: Regional and Global Powerhouse (B, G, X)  

AIP307 Comparative Politics (B, G, W, X)  


Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

AIP345 Policy Internship (B, G, W, X)  [2 credit points]**


* AIP230 offered at Warrnambool Campus in alternate years 2013, 2015.


** AIP345 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Support and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.


*** AIP205 offered at Warrnambool Campus in alternate years 2014, 2016.


**** AIP203 is not offered in 2013, re-offered 2014.

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