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Politics, Power and People Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0
For teaching in 2024. Accredited in May 2020 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2021. 

Stage 1 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 1: Folio

Assessment Type 1: Folio

For a 10‑credit subject, students undertake two assessments for the folio. One assessment task should have a collaborative element.

For a 20‑credit subject, students undertake at least three assessments for the folio, including at least one assessment task that has a collaborative element.

The assessment may take a variety of forms, including but not limited to:

  • a debate on a key issue
  • a scripted role play or mock parliament
  • commentary on a current political issue
  • a short‑answer assignment
  • an excursion report
  • a supervised, formal written argument
  • an individual or group presentation selected from a range of forms (e.g. public address, multimodal presentation, policy proposal, political campaign address, blog entries, online journals, digital portfolio, or web page) and delivered to an audience (e.g. the class, another class, the school community, a local community group, or a local member of parliament).

An assessment should be a maximum of 1000 words if written or a maximum of 6 minutes if oral, or the equivalent in multimodal form. 

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • critical and creative thinking
  • communication and collaboration
  • understanding and ethical reasoning.