The aim of this unit is for students to be aware of and explore different issues relevant to their lives and their communities. To build experience, the issues explored can be at a school and local level at the start of the semester, and move into Australian and worldwide issues later in the unit. Students also explore different opinions and perspectives linked to the issues. Students do not need to agree with all the opinions they encounter throughout the unit, but they do need to be respectful of others and understand that people approach issues with different perspectives due to their own experiences, insights, beliefs and values. Issues are explored by reading, viewing and listening to different texts, with students showing they can identify and outline the views shared within each text. Students then give their own response to the different texts and issues. In giving their point of view, students are encouraged to back up their ideas with evidence and use persuasive techniques to strength their ideas. Area of Study 1 and 2 could easily be taught concurrently throughout the semester. The unit aims to open the minds of our students and equip them with the skills and knowledge to be active, informed and accepting citizens in their communities.
Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.
The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.