What is it and why should I do it?
Global Politics is the subject for people who are concerned about international challenges and developments and who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge to help make this world a better place. We will study key Global Actors, the rise of China and it's exercise of power in the Asia- Pacific region, ethical issues such as Human Rights and Development, and international crises focusing on Terrorism and Conflict.
You will be required to utilise contemporary examples and case studies from the past 10 years to support explanations, points of view and arguments.
How much homework/study will I have?
All Unit 3 and 4 subjects require 3-5 hours of study per week.
Regular homework is required and students are expected to update their work, complete set tasks, engage in their own research and to make use of reputable media sources such as the ABC, SBS, BBC and al Jazeera. Consult the Study Design and the wiki for a comprehensive outline of the course.
What contributes to my study score?
Four SACs are scheduled over the year encompassing the 4 areas of study and are a combination of short and extended responses, plus a two hour exam following the same format that is worth 50% of the total score.
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
To pass any VCE unit you need to demonstrate that you have met the Outcomes.
Unit 3 Outcome 1
On completion of this unit the student should be able to evaluate the power of key global actors and assess the extent to which they achieve their aims and are able to challenge state sovereignty.
Unit 3 Outcome 2
On completion of this unit the student should be able to 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.
Unit 4 Outcome 1
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the debates relating to TWO global ethical issues, and evaluate the effectiveness of global actors’ responses to these issues.
Unit 4 Outcome 2
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse TWO contemporary global crises and evaluate the effectiveness of global actors’ responses to these.