Civics and citizenship / Year 8 / Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy

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Curriculum content descriptions

The freedoms that enable active participation in Australia’s democracy within the bounds of law, including freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion and movement (ACHCK061)

Elaborations
  • explaining how each freedom supports active participation in Australia’s democracy
  • discussing how and why ‘the bounds of law’ can limit these freedoms
  • considering the circumstances that can lead to dissent in a democracy
  • debating how to manage situations when rights and freedoms are in conflict (for example, whether it should be a matter for parliaments or judges to resolve)
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Active citizenship,  Political eligibility,  Freedom of association,  Freedom of speech

Interactive Resource

Be the change

This is an interactive about becoming an effective agent of change through civic action in a local community. Users learn a number of practical ways to take democratic action on issues. The context is an abandoned block of land located in an area with a range of issues, such as youth unemployment and environment concerns. ...

Teacher resource

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

This is a resource about the Magna Carta (Great Charter) agreed between King John and his rebellious barons in 1215 and its influence on the development of human rights and democratic freedoms to the present day. The resource consists of: an animated infographic ‘Tell the story’ with hyperlinks to further information; an ...

Teacher resource

Can you name your child Anzac?

This is a unit of work about the significance of the word Anzac in Australian history and the laws that are in place surrounding the use of the word. Topics explored include: Trade marks, Intellectual property, the historical significance of the word Anzac; people named Anzac and commercial use of the word. The resource ...

Moving Image

The Flip Side of Bike Helmets

It's illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in Australia. Sue Abbott and Dr Jake Olivier differ on this issue. This video is designed for students presents both points of view as a stimulus for students to reach their own conclusions. The video discusses how laws are made and explores different points of view on whether ...

Moving Image

Difference Differently: inclusive Communities and Democracy

This short documentary follows a group of NSW primary and secondary students who came together to share and develop community initiatives aimed at increasing social inclusion and cohesion. The students’ proposals focus on a range of groups that experience discrimination, for example, on the basis of language, religion, ...

Teacher resource

Whose democracy? - unit of work

This is an extended sequence of lessons about the influence citizens can exert over government. The lessons focus on three topics: issues important to our class and the local community; the role of interest groups in Australia; and the role of interest groups in key issues in Australian history such as equal voting rights ...

Teacher resource

Exploring the Australian of the Year Awards

The inquiry unit provides a sequence of investigations that asks students to consider the history of the Australian of the Year Awards and the gallery of outstanding Australians that the Awards celebrate. Students use a variety of primary and secondary source materials to explore how Australia's changing perspectives on ...

Video

Charles Perkins: Freedom Ride, 1999

This video clip outlines how Charles Perkins’ involvement in the Freedom Ride through rural New South Wales in the early 1960s played a crucial role in demonstrating that Aboriginal people could begin to stand up for themselves. 'Charles Perkins: Freedom Ride' is an excerpt from the program 'Charles Perkins' (26 min), an ...

Video

Faith Bandler, 1993: 1967 referendum

This clip shows civil rights activist Faith Bandler talking about the 1967 referendum. The clip opens with archival footage of Bandler saying that the fairest thing for the government to do would be to hold a referendum. The clip then cuts to Bandler many years later, saying that before the referendum of 1967 Aboriginal ...

Video

Neville Bonner, 1991: change

This clip shows Aboriginal activist and politician Neville Bonner talking about the need to change the way in which issues concerning Aboriginal people are addressed. He says that all the decisions concerning Aboriginal people have been 'made for us by non-Aboriginal people', based on non-Aboriginal perspectives, priorities ...

Teacher resource

Examining the lives of historical figures to help us effect change - unit of work

This is a short unit of work about significant historical figures from Australia's past, the contributions they made and how their actions have affected Australia today. Intended for lower secondary students, the unit is organised around two activities. The first involves a study of Edith Cowan. It serves as a model for ...

Teacher resource

Evaluating strategies for change - unit of work

This is a unit of work of about four hours' duration that deals with the strategies employed by eight Australians who have been or are involved in political parties or social movements to bring about change. Four of the eight are from the 19th or 20th centuries and the other four are from the present day or relatively recent ...

Video

Francis De Groot's sword, 2009

This clip reveals that when right-wing agitator Francis De Groot upstaged the 1932 opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sliced through the ceremonial ribbon, the antique sword he wielded cemented its place as an Australian national treasure. The clip is an excerpt from 'Francis De Groot’s sword', an episode from the ...

Video

Faith Bandler, 1993: activist

This clip shows civil rights activist Faith Bandler talking about setting up the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship with Pearl Gibbs in order to achieve Gibbs's ambition of abolishing the Aborigines Welfare Board. Bandler says that at the time Aboriginal people in New South Wales were 'locked away on reservations' and needed ...