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This online undergraduate unit in Australian Politics in a Global Context is offered by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia. Over a period of 13 weeks, students will critically examine Australian politics from the viewpoint of economic and political history.
Contemporary debates about environmental catastrophe, the economic crisis, nationalism, globalisation and war will all be analysed by studying and discussing a wide range of resources. Students will look at important Australian political issues, ideologies and institutions and ask questions concerning the nature and purpose of these.
Each of the topics covered in this unit serve as the perfect jumping-off point for further study in Australian politics - namely by moving onto companion unit, Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics.
This unit is assessed by two essays, a reading critique and online participation.
If you have no prior university experience, it is recommended that you complete Academic Learning Skills or Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before commencing this course.
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this Australian Politics in a Global Context unit, the topics you will study include:
After successfully completing this unit, students will have a well-rounded understanding of contemporary Australian politics and the history that shaped it. Students will be able to identify the key issues surrounding Australian politics and globalisation, and be able to talk about the features of the country's main political institutions (such the two party system, federalism, parliament, the constitution, elections and the high court).
As well as this, the unit teaches students to distinguish between the ideologies that have informed Australian political discourse, and to identify the key strengths and weaknesses of these ideologies.
Students will be encouraged to think analytically and critically throughout the unit, resulting in improved reasoning and research skills. Students will also be in the ideal position for further study in the fields of politics and international relations.
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.
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. 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).Find out more about government study loans here.
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