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AIP398 - Political Leadership

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Maria Rae


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 1 hour Class and 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit focuses on central issues in the analysis of political leadership. Drawing on Machiavelli, Weber and contemporary scholars, the unit analyses the relationship between individual attributes, including charisma, populist intuition and moral authority, and contextual factors such as culture and institutions. Themes and concepts addressed include populism and political campaigning, presidentialisation of parliamentary politics, the role of gender in political leadership, and leadership in the Labor and Liberal parties in Australia. The unit provides a basis for understanding the sometimes-decisive influence exercised by political leaders in different historical circumstances and in different political systems.


Essay, 20%, 1000 words 

Essay, 40%, 2000 words 

Exam, 40%

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