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POL10001 Australian Politics Assignment 3B Research essay Word/time limit: 2000 (+/- 10%) Weighting: 40% Due date: 5pm AEST Monday 07 June 2018 Assignment overview The purpose of this assignment is...

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POL10001 Australian Politics

Assignment 3B Research essay

Word/time limit: 2000 (+/- 10%)

Weighting: 40%

Due date: 5pm AEST Monday 07 June 2018

Assignment overview

The purpose of this assignment is to write a critical essay that synthesises some of the themes and issues which have been developed during theteaching period. This assignment will continue what you were working on forAssignment 3A: Essay plan. You should receive feedback from your eLA onAssignment 3A: Essay planby Week 10 and you can incorporate this feedback into this assignment.

Related learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and dynamics of the Australian political system.

2. Apply theoretical models to the analysis of political behaviour in Australia.

3. Critically evaluate different perspectives on issues and problems.

4. Perform logical analysis and develop well-informed arguments.

Assignment details

As you research and develop your understanding of the essay question, your ideas and thoughts may change from some of the initial observations made in your essay plan. Remember, this is completely fine. Your essay should be seen as an evolution of your essay plan as you engage further with your topic.

Step 1: Conduct further research

Your essay plan would have raised key topic areas and ideas which you can use to orientate your research for this essay.

In your essay, you must draw on at least ten peer-reviewed scholarly texts for this assignment. You may include reflections upon discussions with your peers that have taken place on the discussion board, remembering to cite these conversations appropriately in your essay.

TheResearch guides(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.In the Student Portal will help you to find academic resources.

While youconductyour research, new ideas and evidence may emerge. You can choose to tweak your essayplan or modify any arguments you have made that takes into accountsuch developments. Be clear about what you want to say, in light of what you have discovered since you first answered the essay question.

Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the requirements

Take a look at theAssignment criteriafor more detail on how your essay will be assessed. Keep it handy as you write your essay.

Step 3: Write your draft essay

By having prepared a detailed essay plan you should find it easier to make a start.

If you are struggling at the first draft stage, go back to your essay plan and ask yourself:

· Do you need to revise the plan?

· Are your ideas and arguments clear? Do you have sufficient evidence?

· Where are the gaps?

You may find theEssay planning and structure (PDF 345 KB)(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Guide helpful during this phase.

It is really important to ensure that you incorporate the feedback provided to you by your eLA forAssignment 3A: Essay planin your essay.


· Referencing and plagiarism(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.will assist you in understanding why appropriate referencing is important.

· Refer to theSwinburne Harvard referencing guide(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.For help with referencing.

Step 4: Finalise and submit your essay

Take a break before you review your draft, use a printed copy, read out loud or get someone else to check your work. Check your grammar and spelling before you submit.

Use thisEditing checklist(PDF 189 KB)(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.From the Student Portal to help you.

Read the instructions in theSubmission details overviewto submit your essay.

Assignment Criteria

· Comprehension and extent of reading.

· Selection and organisation of arguments and evidence.

· Ability to present logical argument.

· Clarity of written expression.

· Referencing.

Answered Same Day May 29, 2020 POL10001 Swinburne University of Technology


Anuja answered on Jun 05 2020
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The political system in Australia
The nation of Australia, officially came into existence in the year 1901, 1st of January. This was after it had been colonised by the United Kingdom from 1788, for more than a 100 years. From the British era itself, Australia consisted of 6 self-governing states, which was continued even after Australia became independent. By the 1890s, which was marking the end of the British era, the six colonies had joined hands and formed their own country, named Commonwealth of Australia. All the six colonies together voted for a federal system of government so the “federal of Australia” was born which is very close to federal system of the United States of America, but it also has a Westminster system of Parliament. Through the course of this essay, we will discuss the cu
ent political systems and models of this country which is also a continent, how the system has passed or failed to maintain a proper governing body and whether or not it will be able to sustain itself in the future times to come. It is basically a culmination of the content we have gone through along the duration of the course.
The theoretical model of Politics in Australia
Now this will be divided into 2 parts as Australia follows 2 different theories in its political system. One is definitely the federal system of government but the other is the Westminster system of parliament.
Federal System of Government- the Federal system of government or ‘federalism’ is a form of government where the powers of each state are vested into the central government and the individual state governments. It was originally started by the United States of America in their constitution in 1787 and one of its most differential factors is that equal power is vested to both the central or “federal” government and the governments of each state. It is essentially a mixed form of government. Apart from this, in most federations the power of foreign policies and the defence systems lies within the control of the central government. The same is the case with Australia. Some other leading countries following this form of government are Canada, United States of America, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and India. It is essentially a mixed form of government. Also there are 2 forms of federalism- symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is when the rules are the same for each individual state in the country, which is the case for Australia. But asymmetric is when some states are exempt from some rules while some states have different rules. India is one such example of asymmetric federalism. Now the reason why Australia did not necessarily go for the British form of government, and instead followed the American form may be cited to the fact that they had been ruled by their government for the past 122 years, and did not want to follow the same form of government. But they did actually take up their system of parliament, as was already prevalent in Australia before its freedom, which made the government easier to set itself up. Next we will discuss about the system of parliament in Australia.
Westminster System of Parliament- this system of parliament, as mentioned before was founded by the United Kingdom. It contrasts the parliamentary system followed by the United States. In many aspects, the parliament of Australia retains some features from both the parliaments of the United Kingdom and the United States. It is sometimes nicknamed as “The Washminster System” because of this. The country is different because it Senate or upper house is a fully elected one, vested with a lot of power. And although the lower house, the House of Representatives is also a formed government, it cannot function without the approval of the upper house. The head is always the...

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