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VCE Humanities

Australian and Global Politics Unit 1: Ideas, Action and Power

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit introduces students to the key ideas relating to the exercise of political power. They explore how these ideas shape political systems and in particular the characteristics of liberalism. They consider the nature of power in Australian democracy and in a non-democratic political system. They also explore the nature and influence of key political actors in Australia: political parties, interest groups and the media. All these forms of participation in Australian democracy influence the political agenda.

This unit is contemporary in focus and students must use examples and case studies from within the last 10 years.

Areas of Study

Power and Ideas

  • The nature and significance of politics, power,authority and legitimacy: sources and types of power, how power is exercised in informal and formal contexts, ways of challenging power.
  • Ideas shaping and features of political systems including liberal democracy, socialism, fascism, authoritarian and theocracy.
  • Comparison of of Australian democracy with a non-democratic system.

Political Actors and Power

  • Roles and functions of key political actors in the Australian system: political parties, interest groups and the media.

Assessment

Outcomes
Assessment Tasks
(school-assessed coursework)
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.

Selected from:

  • Social media campaign.
  • Research report.
  • Case study.
  • Short-answer questions.
Explain and analyse the roles and functions of political parties, interest groups and the media and their influence on participation in Australian politics.

Selected from:

  • Social media campaign.
  • Essay.
  • Case study.
  • Short-answer questions.

 

Overall Final Assessment

End of Semester Examination – 1.5 hours.

Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au