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Politics, Power and People Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 2.0
For teaching in 2022. Accredited in May 2020 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2021.  See subject changes for 2022.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Capabilities | Critical and creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking

Students extend and apply their critical and creative thinking capability by, for example:

  • engaging in contemporary global debates and exploring the implications of globalisation in political contexts
  • using inquiry skills to assess the accuracy, clarity, depth, breadth of treatment, and relevance of information
  • questioning and challenging their assumptions and the validity and reliability of sources of information, and developing a political argument using valid and reliable evidence
  • developing their ability to interpret inferences and meaning, and appreciating the nature of politics as they examine the structure of arguments to evaluate the claims made
  • understanding the underlying political issues that hinder progress towards new solutions, to develop creative and defensible strategies to improve decision‑making processes
  • using high‑level reasoning skills to develop their metacognitive thinking, in order to examine issues related to power and to propose appropriate and innovative courses of action.