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GOVT3653: The Australian Political Party System

The unit examines the Australian party system, including colonial-era pre-party politics, the development of major parties (Labor, Liberal and National) and minor parties (Greens, One Nation etc), parties and ideology, parties and social movements, internal party politics, parties and the law, parties and elections, parties and parliamentary politics, and parties and public policy. Emphasis is placed on how theoretical and comparative models of political parties help to explain Australian party politics.

Code GOVT3653
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in International Relations or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Politics or 12 senior credit points from Government and International Relations
GOVT2114 or GOVT2104

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

  • LO1. Develop an understanding of the political party system in Australia, including major and minor parties, how they developed over time, and their relevance for Australian politics today.
  • LO2. Develop an understanding of the role of political parties in the Australian political system including the selection of leaders and candidates, election campaigns, what explains voting for the different parties, and what parties do in government.
  • LO3. Develop an understanding of challenges to Australia's party system, potential reforms, and how Australia's party system compares to other democracies.
  • LO4. Develop skills to critically analyse political parties in Australia, including demonstrating an understanding of key concepts and being able to situate Australia in a broader cross-national context.
  • LO5. Develop written and oral communication skills through completion of assignments and participation in tutorials.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.