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POL1000 Government, Business and Society

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 January 2023


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.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 27 January 2023