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Politics, Power, and People Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 2.0
For teaching in 2022. Accredited in May 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021.  See subject changes for 2022.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Performance standards

Performance standards

Stage 2 performance standards for Politics, Power and People can be viewed below. You can also download in Word format [DOC 304KB].

To learn more about what performance standards are, how they are used, and other general information, see performance standards and grades

  Critical and Creative Thinking  Communication and Collaboration Understanding and Ethical Reasoning 

Research and Analysis

A

Proposes insightful solutions, makes reflective judgments, and composes arguments that relate to political issues.

Comprehensively and thoughtfully analyses and evaluates political concepts.

Highly organised and fluent communication of political ideas, opinions, and arguments.

Insightful and constructive collaboration in order to build on the ideas of others, solve political problems, or improve solutions.
Perceptive and well-informed understanding of political concepts and the interconnectedness of Australian politics and the world.

Insightful and coherent explanation of the political and ethical nature of the issues.
Uses comprehensive and discerning inquiry skills to research political issues and perspectives, using a variety of relevant and current literature.

Critical analysis and evaluation of political issues using primary and secondary sources.
B

Proposes balanced solutions, makes thoughtful judgments, and composes arguments that relate to political issues.

Competently analyses and evaluates political concepts.

Logical and clear communication of political ideas, opinions, and arguments.

Thoughtful collaboration in order to build on the ideas of others, solve political problems, or improve solutions.

Thoughtful understanding of political concepts and the interconnectedness of Australian politics and the world.

Clear explanation of the political and ethical nature of the issues.

Uses in-depth inquiry skills to research political issues and perspectives, using relevant and current literature.

Purposeful analysis and evaluation of political issues using primary and secondary sources.
C

Proposes solutions, makes judgments, and composes arguments that relate to political issues.

Analyses and evaluates political concepts.

Competent communication of political ideas, opinions, and arguments.
 
Collaboration in order to build on the ideas of others, attempt to solve problems, or improve political solutions.

Informed understanding of political concepts and the interconnectedness of Australian politics and the world.

Sound explanation of the political and ethical nature of the issues.

Uses sound inquiry skills to research political issues and perspectives, using relevant literature.

A sound analysis and evaluation of the political issues using primary and secondary sources.

D

Refers to solutions and recounts information related to political issues.

Explains a political concept. 

Communication of ideas and opinions.

Some collaboration in order to attempt to solve problems.

Some understanding of political concepts. 

Some recognition of the political nature of issues.

Limited inquiry using some relevant literature.

Limited analysis of the political issues using some sources.
E

Identification of a simplistic solution.

Identification of a political concept.

Basic communication of ideas. 

Limited evidence of contributions. 

Minimal understanding political concepts.

Limited recognition of the basic political ideas.

Minimal inquiry using a source.

Superficial recognition of political issues.