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The Art of Politics Value 0.5


This is the underlying 0.5 unit to Politics, Power and Ideology, 1.0.

Prerequisites

Nil


Specific Unit Goals

This unit should enable students to:



A Course

T Course

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to solve problems of evidence and achieve independence in researching

  • communicate a logically developed and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • communicate a logically developed, articulate and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of significant individuals, social groups, places, events and technologies of related to political economies

  • demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of the history of ideas pertaining to individual freedom, citizen rights and responsibilities and the creation of political ideologies

  • demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of the history of ideas pertaining to individual freedom, citizen rights and responsibilities and the creation of political ideologies

  • evaluate the merits of a number of a variety of political theories

Content

This unit should include an in-depth study of a maximum of two of the following content areas. There is scope for some areas to be treated in more depth than others. Topics for study will be guided by teacher expertise and student interest.

Political Philosophy

Greek influences (Plato, Aristotle etc.)

Early Modern influences (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill etc)

Political Ideologies

Democracy

Nationalism

Religious fundamentalism

Republicanism

Liberalism

Marxism/Socialism

Anarchism

Monarchy


Liberation theology

Racism


Feminism

Identity politics

Postmodernism

Politics of Growth and International Relations

Environmental Politics

Terrorism

In each area, study could be guided by, but not limited to, the following focus questions:

Over time, what has motivated people to seek change in the way they organise themselves?

What are the roles, functions and purpose of government?

How have ideas of government and individual rights changed over time?

In the history of political reform and individual rights, to what extent have religious values been significant?

Should government be purely secular? Historically, what have been the outcomes?

The historical and changing nature of political ideology?

What do universal freedom and social justice mean within the contexts of ideology?



Teaching and Learning Strategies

Refer to page 30.



Assessment Task Types

Refer to page 32.



Student Capabilities




Evidence could be in:

Student Capabilities

Goals

Content

Teaching and Learning

Assessment

creative and critical thinkers









enterprising problem-solvers










skilled and empathetic communicators











informed and ethical decision-makers










environmentally and culturally aware citizens











confident and capable users of technologies












independent and self-managing learners











collaborative team members












Resources

Refer to pages 41-79 for resource.


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