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Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy - 183JA

Course Code: 183JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
UAC Code: 361513
CRICOS Code: 073947M
Selection Rank: 70
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Discover what it means to be a democracy in Australia

Australia's institutions of government and administration have developed a truly unique Australian flavor that distinguishes them from developed Western democracies. Our degree focuses on the Australian experience right here in our nation’s capital.

You will develop a strong understanding of the key players and institutions, develop an insight into the practices of policy makers and the challenges of developing sound policy in a democracy – a must for future leaders and managers in the private and public sectors.

Study a Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy at UC and you will:

  • acquire an in-depth understanding of the economic, social and political forces influencing modern Australia
  • learn to identify the key players and institutions, both within and outside government
  • gain valuable insight into the processes of policy makers
  • apply your knowledge to give policy advice
  • customise your degree to include a second major in government, business or other area of study that interests you.

Career opportunities

  • Industry analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy analyst
  • Political consultant
  • Political office holder
  • Public sector manager

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Course specific information

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course you can apply for a Bachelor of Management with a major in government and politics. You’ll then have the option of transferring at the end of your first year if your grade average is strong.


Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email
Prospective Students
Email Ph 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy B AustralianPolitics&PubPol

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Students will acquire the full range of generic skills and attributes as per the UC policy. Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; identify, analyse problems and then formulate and implement policy solutions.
Working independently and with others: ability to plan own work, be self-directed, use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively
Students will be able to apply an in depth understanding of the historical and current systems of Australian Politics and Public Policy in order to give policy advice and develop new policy. Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; identify, analyse problems and then formulate and implement policy solutions.
Students will be able to recognise the relationships between the nature of political values, political power and public policy and the particular impact of the Australian context. Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.
Communicate: ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries
Professionalism and social responsibility: capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibility for the benefits of others and the environment

Course Duration

Standard six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.


High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

229JA Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism 230JA Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy/Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs 238JA Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy/Bachelor of Laws


  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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