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AIP784 - Executive Government

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Rod Wise





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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.


Group Assignment, 20%

Literature Review, 25%, 1000 words

Essay, 55%, 2200 words

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