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Stage 2 Australian and International Politics

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Where does it lead?

This course seeks to enthuse students in the essential features of the Australian Government and selected areas of International Politics. It allows students to understand how politics affects their lives and how they can become involved themselves or more generally develop their roles as informed citizens. This subject provides excellent preparation for those students who may wish to study Politics or any discipline in which effective communication, in both written and oral forms are fundamental. Our experiences have proven that it provides an excellent foundation for tertiary courses in the professions, such as Law, International Studies or Commerce and could well lead to a career in politics, the public service or the corporate world.

What is in the course?

The course begins by examining recent developments in four fundamental aspects of Australian Politics:

  • The Australian Constitution and Federalism
  • Political Representation, Parliament and the Executive
  • Voting and Elections
  • Political Parties

Then, in the International Politics topic:

  • America and World Affairs we explore USA as a hegemonic power
  • The impact of September 11 on global affairs and the relationship between USA and Australia

The course divides it times equally between Australian Politics and International Politics. These topics are presented in a lively and vibrant way and involve considerable student discussion of current events. Students will be required to undertake research as part of the Investigative Report.

Students must have the ability to write formal argumentative essays in clear prose.

Assessment

  • Skills and Applications
  • Folio
  • Source Analysis
  • Investigation
  • Examination

 

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