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AIP107 - Contemporary Australian Politics

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:P Ferguson




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Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit explores the ways in which your lives are affected by and how you can affect the way power operates in our society. The various political parties in Australia, what and who they stand for (and how this has changed and is changing) are discussed in detail. Focus is on current and controversial policy issues to engage interest, and from there we look at relevant process matter. The issues include: race relations; asylum seeker policy; Australian participation in overseas conflicts; welfare reform; the media; whether Australia should become a republic; and whether new social movements can revitalise Australian democracy.


Draft essay (This must be on a different topic than your Seminar or CloudDeakin presentation) 500 words 15%;

Critical analysis of a major Australian political institution 1000 words, 25%;

Seminar presentation and participation (for campus enrolled students) OR CloudDeakin presentation and participation (for Cloud (online) students;

20%; Final essay (This must be on a different topic than your Seminar or CloudDeakin presentation), 2000 words, 40%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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