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Politics, Power, and People Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0
For teaching in 2024. Accredited in May 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021.  

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Content


Stage 2 Politics, Power, and People is a 20‑credit subject that consists of:

  • one compulsory theme: Making meaning from democracy — exploring Australian political narratives
  • two option themes.

In Stage 2 Politics, Power, and People, students become critical consumers of political information. Students critique multiple perspectives and the social and political structures that influence political decisions. They develop a political identity and justify their political standpoints with well‑reasoned arguments. Students challenge their assumptions and develop cultural sensitivities to shape their world views. They gain an appreciation of how past Australian and global political events have shaped the world they live in today. Students consider how their actions affect people. As students become empowered to be informed and engaged citizens, they understand the power of politics both in the Australian and the global contexts. A study of politics will empower students to continue to develop their capabilities to thrive in the twenty‑first century world.