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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations


Dr Nick Economou; Dr Ben MacQueen



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit compares approaches to government in Westminster (Australia), presidential (United States) and authoritarian (Iran) systems. Topics include the impact of political traditions on the growth and structure of government; the relevance of federalism and regionalism; the way legislatures and executives interact with each other in the making of public policy, and the way publics communicate policy demands to government.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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