POLS1101 – Introduction to Australian Political Institutions

Lecturer Dr Ian Ward
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty HASS
Prerequisites None
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
Semester(s) Taught Semesters 1 + 2
Course Units 2
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Total average


Learning Materials ( 72 )
Learning Activities ( 68 )
Blackboard Management ( 97.5 )
Course Content ( 66.5 )
Course Structure ( 57.5 )
Contact Availability ( 82.5 )
Course Difficulty ( 70 )

Reviews (2)

POLS1101 – Introduction to Australian Political Institutions 77.6

Not a bad course but difficult to grasp content and assessment for first years. Ward knows his stuff but can be a bit dry if you just sit and listen to lectures so try to get involved a bit. Topics are simple to grasp for anyone studying anything as long as you show up to everything, same goes for the assessments (there are two major essays each worth 50% providing you go to I think 8/10 tutorials, if not you have to take a notoriously difficult final which can alternatively be taken to attempt to replace one of your essay marks). Otherwise, really informative and a pretty damn good course providing you work you ass off on the assessment pieces for several weeks prior to due date.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major


Is lecture attendance necessary?


Is the textbook necessary?

ONE of the two listed is necessary, both available online although some tutors won\'t accept that so try to find them cheap online

  • Content
  • Tutors
  • Top notch online materials
  • Clarity, or lack thereof
Posted on February 1, 2015 6:58 pm
POLS1101 – Introduction to Australian Political Institutions 69.2

I felt like assessment requirements (especially the first essay) should have been made clearer, especially in a first year subject. This a very theoretical introduction to Australian politics, and does not have a focus on current political issues. There are some issues with course structure, especially with doing some topics after an essay was due, despite their relevance. However, the new approach to assessment (2 essays each worth 50% plus either attending 75% of lectures and tutorials or sitting the exam) is really good.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major


  • Ian is really approachable
  • Online forum is really helpful
  • Good introduction to political institutions
  • Assessment requirements not made clear
  • Lecture topics need to be re-ordered
Posted on June 19, 2014 11:18 pm

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