Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Beth Edmondson


Previously coded HPL3510


This unit will focus on the roles and contributions of political values, institutions and practices in Australia in establishing and maintaining a range of political, social and economic rights. Students will examine the role of government, the relationship between executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as their impacts on society. Students will become familiar with key political actors and their roles in shaping government policies and the legislative context. Students will examine the nature and roles of key actors, the importance of political values and the policy framework, including the importance of liberal democratic institutions in the Australian federal system.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Use and integrate appropriate theoretical and methodological tools in analysing the nature, functions and significance of Australia's political institutions, actors and government;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental political values and key political institutions that operate as the framework for the formulation and implementation of Australian public and social policy;
  3. Identify and explain rights and justice issues as sites of political debate in Australia; 4. Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics, processes and outcomes of formulating, implementing and evaluating public and social policy decisions;
  4. Critically examine the key sites of rights and justice protections in Australia's federal political system;
  5. Identify key phases in the evolution of rights and justice in Australia.


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 40%
3rd level students are required to demonstrate greater levels of theoretical reflection and analysis in their written work than students studying at 2nd level.

Chief examiner(s)

Beth Edmondson

Contact hours

2 hours per week (1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian studies


ATS1312 and ATS1898 or HPL1504, or equivalent


ATS2568, GSC2504, GSC2508, GSC2510, GSC3510, HPL2510, HPL3510