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GOVT1641: Introduction to Politics

What is politics? What is political science? How can we compare political systems? This unit introduces key political institutions, organisations, processes, activities and ideologies and how these differ between countries. It explains different approaches to political science, using examples from a range of countries, including Australia.

Code GOVT1641
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify different approaches to defining the nature and scope of politics
  • LO2. recognise foundational concepts, theories and methods used by political scientists to understand politics
  • LO3. identify similarities and differences between the political systems of countries
  • LO4. apply foundational political concepts and theories to specific examples of political phenomena
  • LO5. apply critical reading skills to sources in political theory and comparative politics
  • LO6. discuss fundamental issues in politics with others in a constructive and analytical way
  • LO7. find and draw information from a range of sources, including digital sources, to develop political analysis.