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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)John Arnold and Jenny Hocking


This unit is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Australian politics or the Australian political system. Beginning with Federation, it provides an overview of the democratic system of national government created in 1901, the evolution of that "Western style' system over the twentieth century and up to the current time of virtual independence and the likely inevitability of Australia breaking its final formal ties with Britain and becoming a republic. The unit will also focus on the development and uniqueness of the Australian franchise, Australia's changing relationship with Britain and what it means to be an Australian citizen.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have an overview and understanding of the history and development of the Australian political system
  2. Have an understanding of Australia's changing relationship with Britain.
  3. Have an overview of western parliamentary democracy.
  4. Be able to make informed comment on contemporary Australian politics
  5. Be able to conduct and present research on Australian Studies at post-graduate level


Short essay (1500 words): 15%
Key word concepts exercise (2500 words): 25% +
Major essay (5000 words ): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

John Arnold

Contact hours

One three hour combined lecture/seminar


PLM 4800 and PLM 4320