VCE Australian & Global Politics

Unit 1 can be taken in Year 10 in lieu of Year 10 Core History.

NOTE:   It is strongly suggested that if you are intending to study either Revolutions or Australian Global Politics at Year 12, that you have satisfactorily completed a semester of History or Australian and Global Politics at Year 11.

Australian and Global Politics

Unit 1: Ideas, actors and power

Area of Study 1
Power and ideas
This area of study provides students with a general introduction to the concept and significance of politics, power, authority and legitimacy. Students are introduced to the political spectrum: left, right, radical, conservative. They explore ideas that shape political systems including liberal democracy, socialism, fascism, authoritarianism and theocracy. Students examine the characteristics of the Australian political system and investigate a case study of a non-democratic system to compare the ways that political systems operate and to develop a deeper understanding of Australian democracy.

Area of Study 2
Political actors and power
In this area of study students explore the roles and functions of key political actors in the Australian system. Students investigate the role of political parties, who can shape the political agenda, interest groups, who seek to influence the government of the day, and the media, who report and interpret Australian politics. Students investigate case studies of political parties, interest groups and media issues to analyse the importance of these forms of participation in the Australian political system
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
identify and explain key ideas relating to the exercise of political power, and analyse and evaluate different approaches to governmental power by comparing Australian democracy with a non-democratic political system.
explain and analyse the roles and functions of political parties, interest groups and the media and their influence on participation in Australian politics.


Assessment tasks will include:
Research report
Analytical essay
Short answer test and Examination
Analysis of written documents


Unit 2: Global connections

Area of Study 1
Global links
In this area of study students consider how citizens and global actors in the 21st century interact and connect with the world. Students investigate key political, economic and social links throughout the global community. Students examine NGOs , TNC’s and the impact of social media platforms on communication and inter-connectedness. Students explore and apply two key theories about global politics: realism and cosmopolitanism, investigate Australia’s involvement in an issue affecting the global community, and consider the concept of being a global citizen.
Area of Study 2
Global cooperation and conflict
In this area of study students investigate the concept of a global community through considering contemporary case studies of global cooperation and conflict. Students consider the extent to which this notion of a cosmopolitan global community can effectively deal with global challenges posed by the realist perspective of some global actors. They examine the role of IGOs such as the UN and WTO, TNCs , NGOs and other non state actors. They investigate at least two examples of contemporary global cooperation and at least two examples of contemporary global conflict and instability.

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:
identify and analyse the social, political and economic interconnections created by globalisation and evaluate Australia’s participation in the global community
describe and analyse the extent to which global actors can effectively manage cooperation, conflict and instability in relation to selected case studies.

Assessment tasks will include:

Research report
Analytical essay
Short Answer tests

Unit 3 Global Actors

In this unit students investigate the key global actors of contemporary global politics. They use evidence to analyse the key global actors and their aims, roles and power. They develop an understanding of the key actors through an in-depth examination of the concepts of national interests and power as they relate to the state, and the way in which ONE Asia-Paci c state uses power to achieve its objectives.



This unit looks at the ways in which the international community deals with challenges and what its responsibilities are. Key global actors such as the UN are studied along with several NGO’s and TNC’s. This unit examines two case studies of contemporary international co-operation and two case studies of international conflict.



What is power? Why do different ideas about national interests exist? How is power exercised by an Asia-Pacific state? What is the most effective type of power for a state to use to pursue its national interests? How effective is the state in achieving its national interests?

In this area of study students examine the way in which a specific  Asia-Pacific state uses its power to pursue its national interests, and explore the factors that have shaped that state’s national interests in the last 10 years.



Assessment tasks will include:

  • Analytical essay
  • Short Answer tests
  • An extended response

Global Politics

Unit 4: Global challenges



Students examine the range of debates about two global issues. In this area of study students examine debates about TWO global ethical issues. They use the concepts of realism and cosmopolitanism as a framework for analysing these issues and debates. These debates are considered in the context of case studies that transcend specific states, regions and continents. For the purposes of this area of study, two of the following global issues must be examined: human rights, people movement, development and arms control.



Students investigate the context, causes and effectiveness of responses to two global crises. Students discover that the causes of these crises may be cyclical and the responses can at times exacerbate the original crisis. Students also engage with the key aspects of each crisis or ideas that relate to each crisis. Global crises are selected from the following: climate change, armed conflict, terrorism, and economic instability.


Assessment for Units 3 & 4

School assessed coursework for Units 3 & 4 contributes to 50 per cent of the final assessment
End of year examination contributes to 50 per cent of the final assessment

The main assessment tasks will include:
– Short answer tests
– Essays
– An extended response


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