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AIP398 - Political Leadership

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Scott
Prerequisite: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.


First assignment 1000 words 20%

Second assignment 2000 words 40%

Examination 40%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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