Civics and citizenship / Year 9 / Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity

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Curriculum content descriptions

How and why individuals and groups, including religious groups, participate in and contribute to civic life  (ACHCK079)

Elaborations
  • researching the work of a non-government organisation (NGO), philanthropist, community group or religious group and how and why they contribute to the Australian community
  • exploring the concept of ‘the common good’ using examples of how religious groups participate to foster interfaith understanding or social justice
  • investigating why a particular group advocates for change (for example, in relation to gender equity)
  • exploring the various ways that individuals can contribute to civic life (for example, by volunteering their services to charities and service groups, becoming a Justice of the Peace, making submissions to public enquiries, attending public meetings, serving on local government bodies and providing voluntary help at schools and nursing homes)
  • discussing how the Australian Honours System recognises, celebrates and says thank you to those who make a difference and serve others
  • investigating how the Australian Honours System works, including the types of awards and how they are announced and presented
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Active citizenship,  Religious faiths,  Not-for-profit organisations

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