Review of vce australian and Global Politics Summary of proposed changes to the study design



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Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority



Review of VCE Australian and Global Politics

Summary of proposed changes to the study design



General changes

The review of VCE Australian and Global Politics focused on:



  • The nature and coherence of Units 1 and 2 including: reducing the divide between Australian and Global content; reducing the overlap with Units 3 and 4; introduction of Global Politics theory to create a better background to Units 3 and 4; introduction of case studies of political actors to encourage learning in depth and provide a better background to Units 3 and 4 Australian Politics

  • Sequencing and clarity of the key skills including: alignment with the key knowledge and reflecting the types of assessment undertaken in the study.

  • The introduction of a 10 year time frame for all examples and case studies in the six units.

  • Introduction of key terms and concepts in the Key knowledge of Australian Politics to provide clarity for teaching and assessment.

  • Review of Australian Politics Unit 3 to address workload concerns; to focus on the key aspects of Australian democracy and review options for comparing democracies.

  • Global Politics Unit 3, Area of Study 2: removal on the limitation of Asia-Pacific states exercise of power to the region.

  • Review of clarity of key knowledge in all units.

Specific changes

Unit 1

Unit 1: Political Studies



  1. Area of Study 1: Power and Ideas

  • Introduction of key terms and concepts.

  • Key knowledge related to the nature and purpose of power has been removed.

  • Meanings associated with terms in the political spectrum have been introduced in the key knowledge.

  • Ideas which shape political systems has been introduced in the key knowledge.

  • Study of a non-democratic political system has been introduced in the key knowledge.

  • Opportunities for younger Australians has been deleted from the key knowledge.




  1. Area of Study 2: Political actors and power

  • Introduction of key terms and concepts.

  • All key knowledge has been re-written.

  • Area of study now focuses on political actors: political parties, interest groups and media.

  • Introduction of case studies of political actors to allow for learning in depth.

Unit 2

Unit 2: Political Studies



  1. Area of Study 1: Global links

  • Clarification of the idea of Global community.

  • Introduction of theories of realism and cosmopolitanism.

  • Introduction of an Australian-focused case study.

  1. Area of Study 2: Global cooperation and conflict

  • Clarification around the idea of the contested nature of global community.

  • Introduction of key global actors.

Units 3 and 4 Australian Politics

Unit 3

Unit 3: Evaluating Australian democracy



  1. Area of Study 1: Australian democracy

  • Introduction of key terms and concepts relating to Australian democracy.

  • Clarification of democratic principles and values.

  • Introduction of key Westminster values and principles, federal system of government, the Constitution and the role of the governor-general and the role of Prime Minister and Cabinet into the features of the Australian political system in practice.

  • Protection of democratic rights and freedoms focuses on the Constitution and the role of the High Court.

  • Key knowledge of electoral system and the parliament considers democratic strengths and weaknesses.

  • Deletion of key knowledge relating to the challenges facing democracy in Australia.

  1. Area of Study 2: Comparing democracies: Australia and the United States

  • Introduction of key terms and concepts relating to American democracy.

  • Deletion of options of the United Kingdom, Federal Republic of Germany and India as comparisons to Australian democracy with a new focus on the United States system only.

  • Key knowledge has been re-written with specific American content.


Unit 4

Unit 4: Australian public policy



  1. Area of Study 1: Domestic policy

  • Introduction of key terms and concepts relating to Australian domestic policy.

  • Introduction of the influence of ministerial advisers on public policy.

  • Deletion of global and international influences on domestic policymaking as a separate key knowledge dot-point.

  1. Area of Study 2: Foreign policy

  • Introduction of key terms and concepts relating to Australian foreign policy.

Units 3 and 4 Global Politics

Unit 3

Unit 3: Global actors



  1. Area of Study 1: Global actors

  • Removed World Trade Organisation (WTO) from the key knowledge.

  • Included in key knowledge: the ways that global actors challenge state sovereignty.

  1. Area of Study 2: Power in the Asia-Pacific

  • Removed the limitation on Asia-Pacific states exercising power only within the region.

  • Clarification of factors which shape the national interests of states.

Unit 4

Unit 4: Global challenges



  1. Area of Study 1: Ethical issues and debates

  • Inclusion of specific reference to international law.

  • Inclusion of specific reference to ‘justice’.

  • Clarification of ethical debates.

  1. Area of Study 2: Global crises

  • Removal of ‘prosecuting war’ for improved clarity.

Assessment

Outcome statements in most areas of study across Units 1 to 4 have been altered to reflect the focus of the unit.

Units 1 and 2 Outcome statements

Current Study Outcome Statements

Consultation Draft Outcome Statements

Unit 1

Area of Study 1

Describe and analyse the nature and purpose of politics and power in a broad sense and in the context of contemporary Australian democracy.



Area of Study 2

Explain why people seek political power, and the major political ideologies that influence political involvement and political movements.



Unit 1

Area of Study 1

Identify and explain key ideas relating to the exercise of political power, and analyse and evaluate different approaches to governmental power both democratic and non-democratic.



Area of Study 2

Explain and analyse the roles and functions of political parties, interest groups and the media and their influence on participation in Australian politics.



Current Study Outcome Statements

Consultation Draft Outcome Statements

Unit 2

Area of Study 1

Identify the ways in which the lives of citizens in the twenty-first century are interconnected globally.



Area of Study 2

Describe and analyse the extent to which the international community is cohesive, and whether it can effectively manage cooperation, conflict and instability in relation to selected case studies.



Unit 2

Area of Study 1

Identify and analyse the social, political and economic interconnections created by globalization and evaluate Australia’s participation in the global community.



Area of Study 2

Describe and analyse the extent to which global actors can effectively manage cooperation, conflict and instability in relation to selected case studies.




Australian Politics Unit 3 Outcome Statements

Current Study Outcome Statements

Consultation Draft Outcome Statements

Marks allocated

Assessment tasks

Outcome 1

Describe and analyse key aspects of democratic theory and practice, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian democratic system.



Outcome 2

Critically compare the political system of Australia with one other democracy, and evaluate an aspect of the selected political system that Australia might adopt to strengthen its democracy.



Outcome 1

Explain the key values and principles of the Australian political system and evaluate its democratic strengths and weaknesses.



Outcome 2

Analyse the key features of the US political system and critically compare the political systems of Australia and the United States in terms of the extent to which democratic values and principles are upheld.



50

50


For each outcome, select one or more of the following:

Total marks

100




*School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3 contributes 25 per cent.

Australian Politics Unit 4 Outcome Statements

Current Study Outcome Statements

Consultation Draft Outcome Statements

Marks allocated

Assessment tasks

Outcome 1

Explain how Australian federal domestic public policy is formulated and implemented, analyse the factors which affect these processes, and critically evaluate a selected contemporary domestic policy issue.



Outcome 2

Describe, analyse and discuss the nature, objectives and instruments of contemporary Australian foreign policy, and the challenges facing Australian foreign policy.



Outcome 1

Explain how Australian federal domestic public policy is formulated and implemented, analyse the factors which affect these processes, and critically evaluate a selected contemporary domestic policy issue.



Outcome 2

Analyse the nature, objectives and instruments of contemporary Australian foreign policy, and evaluate challenges facing Australian foreign policy.



50
50

For each outcome, select one or more of the following:

  • A multimedia presentation

  • A case study

  • An essay

  • A report

  • Short answer questions

  • An extended response.

Total marks

100




*School-assessed Coursework for Unit 4 contributes 25 per cent.
Global Politics Unit 3 Outcome Statements

Current Study Outcome Statements

Consultation Draft Outcome Statements

Marks allocated

Assessment tasks

Outcome 1

Evaluate the power of key global actors in the twenty-first century and assess the extent to which they achieve their aims.



Outcome 2

Analyse and evaluate types of power as used by a specific Asia-Pacific state in the region in pursuit of its national interests.



Outcome 1

Evaluate the relative power of key global actors in the twenty-first century and assess the extent to which they achieve their aims and are able to challenge state sovereignty.



Outcome 2

Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of the use of various types of power by a specific Asia-Pacific state in pursuit of its national interests.



50

50


For each outcome, select one or more of the following:

  • a multimedia presentation

  • a case study

  • an essay

  • a report

  • short-answer questions

  • an extended response.

Total marks

100




*School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3 contributes 25 per cent.

Global Politics Unit 4 Outcome Statements

Current Study Outcome Statements

Consultation Draft Outcome Statements

Marks allocated

Assessment tasks

Outcome 1

Evaluate two global ethical issues from a range of perspectives, and analyse the effectiveness of global actors’ responses to these issues.



Outcome 2

Explain two contemporary global crises and evaluate the effectiveness of responses to these.



Outcome 1

Analyse the ethical debates relating to two global ethical issues, and evaluate the effectiveness of global actors’ responses to these issues.



Outcome 2

Analyse two contemporary global crises and evaluate the effectiveness of global actors' responses to these.



50

50


For each outcome, select one or more of the following:

  • a multimedia presentation

  • a case study

  • an essay

  • a report

  • short-answer questions

  • an extended response.

Total marks

100




*School-assessed Coursework for Unit 4 contributes 25 per cent.


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