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AIP784 - Executive Government

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

Trimester 3 offering is in intensive campus mode delivery at Burwood (Melbourne)

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:R Wise




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

As this is a one credit point unit you should plan to spend around 8-10 hours per week on the combined activities of reading, working through the exercises, library research and preparing assignments. It is vital that you keep up with the material and manage your time effectively.


Students will develop a comprehensive, advanced and critical understanding of the key institutions and central actors in contemporary Australian politics, with particular emphasis on the Executive and Parliament. We examine the Executive and its role in government, the functions of Cabinet, the workings of government, the relationship between ministers, Cabinet and Westminster conventions, together with the power of the Prime Minister. We also explore the parliamentary system and functions of parliament, notably the legislating function but also its role in scrutiny of government activities and expenditure, along with the roles and procedures of the House of Representatives and Senate. Close attention is also paid to the role and efficacy of parliamentary committees. Case studies and comparison of Australian practices with those of other countries are used to help in critical reflection on processes and outcomes.


Team-based presentation and facilitation of discussion on an issue (centred around weekly topics) 20%

Literature review and case study proposal, 1000 words 25%

Case study 2200 words 55%

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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