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Elections lie at the heart of democracy. This subject examines why elections matter and how they feature in democratic theory and practice. Topics include electoral administration, voting systems and voter turnout, the role of political parties, the financing of campaigns and how elections are reported in the media. Students will also explore campaign strategy including case studies of famous and important election campaigns in Australia, the US and the UK.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Develop a critical understanding of the political institutions and processes involved in elections and election campaigns;
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key actors, policies, laws, issues and interests that shape election outcomes and the political, cultural and socio-economic contexts in which they operate;
- Be able to critically analyse the relationship between the media and election processes, and in doing so, apply concepts and theories that underpin those relationships;
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the scholarship that informs how election communication operates across various political and public contexts.
Last updated: 6 December 2019