Introduction to Political Science (GOVT1104)


This unit provides an introduction to the study of politics through a focus on the key organising principle of power. Different ways in which power is theorised and structured are considered. This includes power between individuals, groups, classes and genders as well as different power-sharing arrangements within and across political institutions. In critically assessing these different approaches, students will be exposed to a range of political science theories and methods, which will equip them for future study in Government and International Relations. The empirical focus of this unit is on Australia, with reference to other developed countries.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd Reading assignment (20%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x1.5hr Examination (40%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.