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AIP307 - Comparative Politics

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Scott

At least one unit at Level 2 in the Politics and Policy Studies major, or equivalent, or with the permission of the Unit Chair.



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Class per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit aims to give students a comparative understanding of the political systems in various countries of the world today. The unit will draw upon practices and experiences across such countries as the USA, Britain, Germany, Russia and Australia. In so doing it will help students see how nations solve the core political problem of making collective decisions, with close attention to the similarities and differences between countries. This comparative approach seeks to broaden and enhance students understanding and explanation of the political world. It will also help them understand politics from the viewpoint of participants of the countries concerned. At the same time, learning more about other political systems will improve students understanding of their own country.


Minor assignment (written paper comparing two nations) 40%

Major assignment (Research Essay on a prescribed essay topic) 60%

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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