PAIS370 Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics

Updated: 19 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in Political and International Studies or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PAIS470 or PAIS570 or POLS270 or POLS370

offered in even numbered years

Combined Units PAIS570 - Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics
Coordinator(s) Tim Battin (
Unit Description

This unit will critically examine a number of political issues facing Australia including health policy, environmentalism, indigenous issues and federalism, to name a few. It will enable students to explore topics more deeply and to specialise according to their interests. Students wishing to undertake further study will find this unit helps prepare them for higher level research and writing.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. write a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas based upon evidence;
  2. apply an understanding of different perspectives in contemporary political debates;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the political agenda;
  4. analyse public policy, its background, formulation and effects;
  5. critically evaluate the sources, values and validity of information relating to political issues in Australia and use this information in critical and creative thinking; and
  6. apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the relevance and importance of political science.