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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2009

GOV 365N • Politics in Australia/New Zealand

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39255 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
WAG 420
Higley, J

Course Description

Australia is the principal democratic, economic, and military power in the Southwest Pacific and Southeast Asia. Inhabited originally by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia was settled by Europeans at the start of the nineteenth century, after which it consisted of six distinct British colonies that federated voluntarily in 1901 to form the independent Commonwealth of Australia. With a multi-ethnic and multi-racial population of 21 million dispersed across a continent nearly the size of the U.S., Australia has been a key ally of the U.S. since World War II. It is an important economic and political actor in the entire Asia Pacific region, with strong trading links to China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, and, increasingly, India and South Asia. After providing students with an overview of Australia's history and constitutional development, the course will focus on contemporary Australian political institutions, party politics, and international relations. Throughout, Australia will be compared and contrasted with the other Anglo-American democracies, especially the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.


Stuart Macintyre, A Concise History of Australia. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009 (3rd edition). Andrew Parkin, John Summers, and Dennis Woodward, eds., Government, Politics, Power and Policy in Australia. 9th edition. Pearson/Longman Publishers, 2009.


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