Australian and Global Politics Units 1 and 2


Australian and Global Politics introduces you to the study of politics and explores key ideas surrounding power in the political system. You will examine different political actors and how they influence politics in Australia. You will explore the links we have to other countries across the globe, and study cooperation and conflict within the global community.

Who is it for?

This subject is for students who are curious about the world around them, and want to learn more about how the political process works both in Australia and throughout the globe. If you are interested in current events and issues, and want to understand the politics behind them, this is the subject for you.

What do you do?

You will complete weekly work in the form of online quizzes, forums, and written tasks. You will also participate in online lessons. You will read and view a variety of resources, and keep up to date with current news.

What skills do you need?

Reading, writing, and research skills will all be helpful in this subject.

What skills do you develop?

You will develop skills in:

  • informative and argumentative writing
  • researching
  • analysis of different media
  • independent and critical thinking.



This subject is completely online. Regular access to online course content and online classes are required.

Things you can do now

You can start looking at a range of news sources like newspapers, TV news and current affairs programs, and online news and commentary sites to see what is happening in the world of politics. Make sure to look at both local and international news stories.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.



Things to have a look at

How to Understand Power

Eric Liu explores the nature of power in this Ted-Ed video.

Liberalism: Where did it come from?

The Economist summaries the origins, characteristics and present day issues facing liberalism.

Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism and China

Crash Course looks at authoritarian capitalism in China.