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POL1000 Government, Business and Society

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

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Examiner: Phil Griffiths
Moderator: Tim Cadman

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.


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

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


Description Weighting(%)
1. Politics and government 35.00
2. Social impact of business 15.00
3. Government management of business 20.00
4. The political impact of business 15.00
5. Community action to influence business and government 15.00

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. (

  • Reich, R 2008, Supercapitalism: the transformation of business, democracy, and everyday life, Scribe, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Woodward, D, Parkin, A & Summers, J (eds.) 2011, POL1000: Government, politics, power and policy in Australia, Pearson, Australia.
    (This text book has been customised for USQ.)

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.
  • See sources referred to within the Study Book for this course.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 58.00
Directed Study 71.00
Workshops 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 100 15 19 Mar 2012 (see note 1)
ASSESSMENT 2 100 15 16 Apr 2012 (see note 2)
ASSESSMENT 3 100 25 21 May 2012 (see note 3)
PARTICIPATION 15 15 04 Jun 2012 (see note 4)
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 60 30 End S1 (see note 5)

  1. Evaluation of criticism of a corporation.
  2. Summary of a chapter.
  3. Investigation of an argument.
  4. Details of participation assessment will be provided in the course materials. Postings made to StudyDesk after 4 June 2012 will not be assessed.
  5. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised. 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:
    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:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 2% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late. Late marks will not be applied once the assignment's mark drops to 50%.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  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 restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination) and an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary. Dictionaries 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. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The examiner will normally only accept assignments which are electronically submitted through the USQ Study Desk for this course. Students who are unable to meet this submission requirement should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate alternative arrangements. (v) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (vi) No assignment will be considered submitted until it has been submitted to the university?s plagiarism-checking service, ?Turnitin? can be accessed via the POL1000 StudyDesk.

  2. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks to questions testing those topics in an examination paper.

  3. 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 //

  4. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request MUST be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: 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 //