This unit examines sociological theories that underpin the study of politics and the policy process. In particular, the unit explores the nature of political socialisation, theories of power, and the dynamics of policy-making in Australia, as well as some of the analytical frameworks which have been developed in order to explain the political actors involved in the policy process and the ways in which policy decisions are made. The unit considers Australia's three- tiered Federal system, the increasing importance of international organisations, and the difficulties of developing public policy within such a complex set of structures.
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|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.125|
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Prerequisite: SOCL 11055
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|Residential School||No Residential School|
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|1. Written Assessment||20%|
|3. Written Assessment||35%|
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