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VCE Humanities

Australian and Global Politics Unit 2: Global Connections


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit explores the roles and functions of key political actors in the Australian system. Political parties are a critical part of the Australian system of politics. They can formulate and advance ideas which are contested in elections. If successful, a party can form government and shape the political agenda. Unlike political parties, interest groups do not usually seek parliamentary representation. Rather, they seek to influence the government of the day about particular issues. These issues may be local and/or global. The media also plays a significant role in reporting and interpreting Australian politics. This area of study explores the ways social media and the 24-hour news cycle influence political debate. 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.

Areas of Study

Global Threads

  • Key terms: state, citizenship, globalisation, environmentalism, power, multilateralism, global community.
  • The political impact of globalisation such as global political movements, and the potential for these to transcend national borders.
  • The social impact of globalisation, such as its effect on communication, networking and international travel.
  • The economic impact of globalisation, such as the increasing power of TNCs and their effects on commerce, trade and investment.
  • The impact of global interconnectedness on human rights, culture and the environment.
  • The key features of the theories of realism and cosmopolitanism, focussing on the debate around the concept of states’ obligations to the global community.
  • The extent to which Australia has cooperated with or opposed the global community in at least one of the following areas: environment, terrorism, people movement, free/fair trade, international law, aid.

Global Cooperation and Conflict

  • Key terms: global community, national interest, realism, cosmopolitanism, global co-operation, crisis diplomacy, multilateralism, unilateralism.
  • Case studies of contemporary international cooperation from: the environment, animal welfare and biodiversity, people movement, international crime, action and aid relating to natural and/or human made disasters, health, disarmament, human rights.
  • Case studies of contemporary international conflict from: war, separatism, terrorism, border disputes, people movement, human rights.


Assessment Tasks
(school-assessed coursework)
Identify and analyse the social, political and economic interconnections created by globalisation and evaluate Australia’s participation in the global community. 

Selected from:

  • Social media campaign.
  • Research report.
  • Case study.
  • Short-answer questions.
Describe and analyse the extent to which global actors can effectively manage cooperation, conflict and instability in relation to selected case studies.

Selected from:

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

Overall Final Assessment

End of Semester Examination – 2.0 hours.

Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: