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Australian Democracy in Doubt (POL331)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description As others fight for democracy, many Australians doubt that their political institutions produce policies that reflect the will of the people. This raises a few questions: for example, are Australians right to doubt whether we live in a true democracy? Do Australians doubt that their political system is democratic? Did Australians get democracy wrong in theory, or do the problems result from the ways that Australian political institutions function? Do Australians need new ways of thinking about and doing democracy?
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO 01 - Demonstrate substantive knowledge as to why Australians political institutions do not produce policies that reflect the will of the people.
ULO 02 - Apply theories of democracy to the character and function of Australian political institutions.
ULO 03 - Construct evidence-based arguments with respect to the factors that impact Australian political institutions that encourage democratic practices.
ULO 04 - Clearly and persuasively communicate concepts, problems and arguments concerning ways that Australia's political institutions could produce policies that reflect the will of the people
Timetabled Learning Activities Weekly 2 hour workshop
Unit Learning Experiences Instruction in the unit will be through 12 weekly two-hour lecture/workshops. The approach to learning in this unit requires structured learning with group-based exploration and self-directed learning through a range of research specific guided questions. Students are provided with opportunities to explore and examine a range of political institutions that are integral components of contemporary Australian democracy
Assessment Assessment in the unit provides students with the opportunity to develop research, analytical and critical thinking skills. There are 4 pieces of assessment: in class participation or case study review for external students; group presentation and group paper, shore essay (external students) essay and final examination
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed POL331 Democracy in Doubt may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Global Politics and Policy
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Global Politics and Policy
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Yvonne Haigh
Senior Lecturer in Policy and Governance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2991
e: Y.Haigh@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.014 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Yvonne Haigh
Senior Lecturer in Policy and Governance

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2991
e: Y.Haigh@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.014 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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