This online American Politics unit, provided by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia, gives students a rounded understanding of the US political system. This allows them to discuss the key political issues and critically compare them to other political systems around the globe.
This online unit lasts for 13 weeks and covers a different aspect of American political life each week. Opening with wider discussions about US beliefs, values and the ideals held in the US constitution, the unit goes on to discuss key institutions, such as the presidency and Congress, before applying political theory in the closing weeks through discussions based around social and economic policy.
To enrol in this unit, applicants must have studied politics at 200 level.
Areas of study
In this American Politics unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction: US political culture, beliefs and values
The American Constitution
Political participation and elections
Research for essay
Religion and politics
Race and politics
Social policy and welfare
The economy and politics
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
At the culmination of the American Politics unit, students will be able to discover, analyse and understand contemporary and historical US political sources. This will allow them to differentiate between alternative political views and standpoints and display the strengths and weaknesses of these opinions in written and oral form. Understanding will be enhanced through regular group discussion about all the key US political institutions and figures.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in American Politics from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
Get more information
Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Find out more about government study loans here.
Get more information
Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.