Stage 2 | Subject outline | Version control
For teaching in 2022. Accredited in June 2021. This subject replaces Stage 2 Community Studies B.
Editorial changes may be made during the implementation process.
Stage 2 | Subject outline | Subject description
Community Connections is a 10 or 20‑credit subject at Stage 2.
Community Connections provides opportunities for success for students who have an interest in a particular SACE Stage 2 subject, but who choose to demonstrate their learning in alternate ways or through a personal connection with the subject area.
The subject values the student’s interests and strengths, enables curiosity, empowers them to become independent self‑directed learners who are willing to try different approaches in different contexts, and discover new ways of thinking and learning.
Community Connections fosters many elements of a thriving learner. An identifying feature of this subject is the autonomy and empowerment it gives students. Student agency is promoted when the student decides on which ideas, concepts, or areas of interest related to the Stage 2 subject they wish to explore, as well as the focus and direction of their community application activity. The skills and meaningful learning students acquire through Community Connections enhances their sense of belonging, and encourages authentic connections to a community, which in turn, encourages deeper understanding and skilful action, while allowing the transfer of concepts and skills to different contexts.
Students may enrol in Community Connections from the beginning of the year, or transfer their enrolment from the selected Stage 2 subject to Community Connections part way through the year. In either scenario, their learning is based on some of the learning requirements for the selected Stage 2 subject.