POL285 Comparative Political Systems

This unit provides a comparative perspective of different political systems and institutions around the world using Australia as a starting point. Students will learn how the configuration of political institutions can have major implications on the social and economic life of citizens. The unit examines topics such as the origins, purposes, and structures of national governments, political parties, electoral systems, and constitutional frameworks. Students will learn how to compare and contrast differences between political systems, build their conceptual vocabulary, and develop research skills to more effectively discuss and analyse politics in different countries. Students apply a comparative approach to understand, for example, the effects of different electoral systems, why some countries are peaceful and stable while others are not, and whether some forms of democracy are better than others.

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