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Stage 2 | Subject outline | External assessment | Assessment Type 3: Investigation
Assessment Type 3: Investigation (30%)
Students undertake one investigation focusing on any theme from the option themes section or a theme of personal interest. In consultation with the teacher, the student selects a recent political issue that involves a range of views and some level of unresolved disputation. Before proceeding, consideration should be given to the availability of a range of primary and secondary sources.
The investigation should include:
- a hypothesis or focusing question(s) to guide the investigation
- identification of the origin of the issue and who is affected by it
- discussion of the various perspectives involved
- analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the different political views and complex arguments on the issue
- analysis of the feasibility of the proposed solutions
- reflection on the relationship between politics, power, people, and decision-making
- information drawn from a range of primary and secondary sources
- the use of appropriate political terms
- accurate acknowledgement of sources.
The written report of the investigation should be a maximum of 2000 words.
For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning in relation to the following assessment design criteria:
- critical and creative thinking (CCT1, CCT2)
- communication and collaboration (CC1)
- understanding and ethical reasoning (UER2)
- research and analysis (RA1, RA2).