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POL1000 Government, Business and Society

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

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 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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2019 Online
Semester 2, 2019 Online