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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Learning Materials ( 81.3 )
Learning Activities ( 70.7 )
Blackboard Management ( 98.3 )
Course Content ( 70 )
Course Structure ( 71.7 )
Contact Availability ( 88.3 )
Course Difficulty ( 40 )

Reviews (3)

POLS1101 – Introduction to Australian Political Institutions 80.4

Took POLS1101 on Semester 1, 2018.

Joff Lelliott is a cool dude! He can come off as slightly boring and monotone but honestly it just seems like he's an awkward individual. One of those lecturers that try to joke around but comes off... kinda lame. Like dad jokes kinda stuff. He's also a freelance writer and likes to talk about articles he wrote.

Lecture content is easy and the structure flows well. You can definitely connect things together and how the entire puzzle "fits". Honestly, you probably could learn all the content off the internet (Australian judicial vs parliamentary vs executive, how the Senate/HOR are made, how the Cabinet is made, etc) if you haven't learned it already in legal studies during high school. Joff likes to ramble and sometimes the topics bleed into the next week because he... never finishes on time. But he'll finish it. Eventually.

Tutorials were really fun. Faiza El-Higzi was my tutor and she did a good job making sure people contributed, also looks out for you really well and if you accidentally miss some weekly reading summaries she'll be chill with you handing it in late cause it's not Turnitin based (just before exams tho). Tutorials is definitely where you start thinking about the content more and how it's still relevant, you look at things on the news and how it connects to the weekly topic, what future problems are, etc.

They made sure to give out lots of information on how to write the essay, which I felt like was unnecessary but I guess some people would need them.

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Posted on November 9, 2018 3:25 pm
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

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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

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  • 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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