AIP208 - Government and Politics of the United States


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit aims to provide a rigorous introduction to the government and politics of the United States. Students will be introduced to influential political theories that explain how institutions such as Congress and the presidency work, and why policy-making in America is complex and often challenging. Historical material will be studied to explore change and continuity in American institutions, from independence to the controversies of the Donald Trump presidency and beyond. Students will read media commentary to understand such topics as the politics of gun control and election campaign strategies, but they will also be encouraged to think critically about this commentary, drawing on their theoretical and historical knowledge. The course will be structured around key political institutions and policy areas as it considers the turbulent struggles for power in American politics. Students will gain a rich understanding of American democracy and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.

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