AIP785 - Political Competition


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


How should we understand the competition to control a state and its powers? This unit gives students a comprehensive introduction to political competition through constitutions (the rules of political competition), political parties (the main actors in political competition) and party systems (the dynamics of political competition). Students will explore how and why competition in politics is distinctive by comparing it to market competition in the economy. The unit’s central focus is the comparison of competition in two-party systems (such as the United States), multiparty systems (Germany) and single-party systems (China). Students will learn about how party system types set the context for governance and how they emerge and are maintained as a result of a country’s constitutional structures. They will learn how to identify and interpret party system change. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the value and limitations of the frameworks that have been used by political scientists and constitutional scholars to study political competition.

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