Politics, Power and People


In this subject students explore how expressions of power affect relationships with others in families, communities, workplaces, and the institutions of finance, bureaucracy, education, the law, and the media.

Course details

  • Further study Stage 2 Australian and International Politics (2POLY)

About the subject

Students discuss political concepts, ideas, and issues, and reflect on the relationship between politics, power, and decision-making. Students develop knowledge, skills, and understandings that enable them to become informed citizens, voters, and participants in their local, national and international communities.

The 10-credit subject consists of a Core Study: Key Issues in Politics and at least one option study.

The Core Study

Key Issues in Politics consists of three topics:

  • Topic 1: Power and Decision-making - students are introduced to the concept of power as a pervasive and/or subtle force in their everyday lives.
  • Topic 2: Community Politics - students are given the opportunity to consider the reasons why decisions can affect them, the individuals and groups who are intimately connected with the making of these decisions and the degree to which they themselves can participate in a decision-making process
  • Topic 3: Government - students become familiar with the two levels of government in Australia.

Choices of option studies

  • Australia and the World
  • Being a Politician
  • Environmental Issues
  • Gender and Politics
  • Indigenous Politics
  • Political Ideologies
  • Political Parties
  • Pop Culture
  • Religion and Politics
  • Sport, Culture and Politics
  • State or Territory Politics
  • Women and Politics
  • The Work of Politics
  • The Workplace


Assessment at Stage 1 is school based. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types: 

  • Folio
  • Sources Analysis
  • Investigation.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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