Year 12 - Global Politics Unit 3-4


Are you interested in finding out why terrorist attacks occur?  Want to learn more about drug cartels, organised crime and how the world community is dealing with nuclear weapons, refugees and dictators?  Do you want to know more about the importance of China, India and Indonesia to Australia?  Then you need to study the wonderful, frustrating and intriguing intricacies of global politics and learn how to make a real difference in the world.


In Unit 3, students learn about key global actors, including nation states (or countries), non-government organisations (eg Amnesty International), transnational corporations (such as Nestle), global terrorist networks (including al-Qaeda) and organised crime syndicates (like the Yakuza in Japan). The concepts of national interest and use of power by an Asia-Pacific state, such as China, Japan, Indonesia or the US, form a major part of the unit.

In Unit 4, students investigate key twenty-first century global challenges facing the international community such as human rights, people movement, levels of development, arms control and disarmament.  Students analyse these ethical issues and focus on solutions that promote good global citizenship. A study of various global crises (environmental degradation, intra and interstate conflict, state and non-state terrorism, and economic instability) is a further focus of the unit.

Students will be required to purchase the set textbook for the subject that will be available prior to the commencement of the new course.Access to resources that will keep students well informed about current political affairs is essential.  Students are advised to read the daily newspapers, watch the news broadcasts on television or to access material via the internet.


Please note:

This course replaces the previous International Studies course.  It is the newly accredited VCAA course for 2012 – 2016

‘I think this course should be compulsory for all high school students’.   Unit 3/4 student 2011