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POL1000 Government, Business and Society

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Government, Business & Society
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090101 - Political Science
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Brad Taylor

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


POL1000 is designed to give students an understanding of the relationships between government, business and society. This includes the political and social activities of business, the impacts that business has on society and government, and the ways that communities, trade unions and governments attempt to regulate and limit the actions of businesses. These are major issues for anyone planning a career in business, government or the community sector. The course has a strong emphasis on developing students' skills in ethical research, understanding arguments and critical thinking.


POL1000 examines the relationships between government, business and society, and in particular, the political power and political role of business. Many aspects of business behaviour are politically controversial, including environmental damage, treatment of staff and communities, and business attempts to influence government.

In POL1000, we address three major questions: (i) What impact does business have on society and government? (ii) How do government and society deal with those impacts? (iii) How does business respond to the criticism it faces, and attempts by governments, unions and communities to control it?

In the process we look at the issues of sustainability and ethical behaviour. POL1000 also aims to develop some important intellectual skills, including the ability to do research, to read and understand books about politics, and to subject political argument to critical scrutiny.

Students completing POL1000 should have a stronger understanding of the conflicting attitudes that both society and government have towards business. POL1000 does not assume prior knowledge of politics or business.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of the political dimension to business
  2. an understanding of the different ways government, business and society interact
  3. critical thinking and ethical research skills
  4. good academic writing skills
  5. an ability to engage constructively with other students on political ideas and realities.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Political theory 10.00
2. Social impact of business 20.00
3. Interest groups and politics 40.00
4. The operation of government. 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

There is no required text for this course. Readings will be provided for each topic.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 42.00
Directed Study 123.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 100 20 06 Aug 2019 (see note 1)
ASSESSMENT 2 100 30 24 Sep 2019 (see note 2)
PARTICIPATION 10 10 21 Oct 2019 (see note 3)
REVISION 10 10 21 Oct 2019
EXAMINATION 30 30 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. Analysis of a piece of political writing.
  2. Investigation of an argument.
  3. Details of participation and revision assessment will be provided in the course materials. Postings made to StudyDesk after the due date will not be assessed.
  4. This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released. The questions in the examination will be posted on StudyDesk about a week before the examination to enable students to prepare good quality answers.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  2. Turnitin:
    Assignments must be submitted to the university's plagiarism-checking service, 'Turnitin' which can be accessed via the POL1000 StudyDesk.