VCE | Politics

 
 
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Australian and Global Politics | Unit 1

OVERVIEW

The first area of study provides students with a general introduction to the concept and significance of politics, power, authority and legitimacy. 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.

In this second 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.

UNIT PREREQUISITES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Power and ideas

  • Political actors and power

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Assessment includes:

  • Essay

  • Short answer tests

  • Research Task

  • Extended responses-examination

 
 

 
 
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Australian and Global Politics | Unit 2

OVERVIEW

In the first 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.

In the second area of study students investigate the concept of a global community through considering contemporary case studies of global cooperation and conflict.

UNIT PREREQUISITES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Global links

  • Global cooperation and conflict

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Assessment includes:

  • Essay

  • Short answer tests

  • Research Task

  • Extended responses-examination

 
 

 
 
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Global Politics | Units 3 + 4

OVERVIEW

Unit 3 examines the key actors in contemporary global (states, IGO's , TNC and non-state actors), where their power comes from, their impact and what challenges they face in achieving their aims. The degree to which these global actors challenge state sovereignty is also examined.

The second area of study considers power and the pursuit of national interests by a specific Asia- Pacific.

Unit 4 focuses on ethical issues and debates in global politics such as people movement, development, human rights and arms control. Global crises such as climate change, armed conflict, economic instability and terrorism are discussed; looking at the causes, responses and the challenges to effective resolution.

PREREQUISITES
Unit 1 or Unit 2 Australian and Global Politics is recommended but not essential


 

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Global actors

  • Power in the Asia-Pacific

  • Ethical issues and debates

  • Global crises

UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • Unit 3 SACS 25%

  • Unit 4 SACS 25%

  • End of unit examination 50%

Assessment includes:

  • An analytical essay

  • Short answer tests

  • Extended responses

PATHWAYS

Lawyer, social commentator, journalist, activist, economist, investigator, academic, lobbyist, policy maker social justice advocate politician, researcher, school teacher, advisor, social media campaigner, travel writer, university lecturer, diplomat.