Politics is a field of study that focuses upon the way people live in association, addressing in particular the institutions, practices and cultural meanings of public and private expressions of power. It examines basic questions about the nature of politics and communities, and how they are organised. The politics discipline takes an analytical-critical rather than simply descriptive approach to the area, attempting to explain why and how things happen politically.
Politics staff are active researchers. Supervision of research candidates is available in a wide range of sub-fields, including specialisations in the nature and implications of globalisation, social and political theory, contemporary political cultures and Australian politics.
Refer also to the postgraduate area of study entries for international relations, counter-terrorism studies, Islamic studies.