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Curriculum content descriptions

The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society (ACHCK094)

Elaborations
  • exploring the concept of ‘cohesive society’ using examples from contemporary events in Australia or in other countries to identify factors that support cohesiveness
  • considering threats to Australian democracy and other democracies, such as the influence of vested interests, organised crime, corruption and lawlessness
  • identifying the safeguards that protect Australia’s democratic system and society, including shared values and the right to dissent within the bounds of the law
  • investigating processes by which individuals and groups resolve differences in Australian communities (for example, negotiation, mediation and reconciliation)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Democracy,  Political corruption,  Organised crime,  Conspiracy,  Conflict resolution,  Conflict of interest

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Tour of NSW Government House

This resource is a YouTube playlist containing a series of videos taken as a group of senior high school students are given a guided tour of NSW Government House in 2010. The tour covers primary sources such as architecture, furniture and images significant to the history of Australia and NSW.

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NSW Governor Marie Bashir – 2010 speech to students

This resource is a YouTube playlist containing a series of videos from a speech the NSW Governor Marie Bashir gave to senior high school students at Government House in 2010. She speaks on a range of topics, including the Australian system of government, the history of Australia and NSW, and her life. She also answers student ...

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Australian reconciliation barometer

This is an information page providing a summary of the Australian Reconciliation Barometer, a national research study measuring the progress of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The page includes links to reports for each biennial study as well as other related resources ...

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Difference differently: be the bridge

This documentary focuses on interfaith and intercultural relationships and how bridges can be built within and between communities. It offers several personal stories and includes discussion of civil responsibility, social cohesion and what it means to be an Australian citizen. It encourages students to reflect on religion, ...

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Desmond Tutu: forging equality in South Africa

This is a 2004 interview with Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, head of the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and former Anglican archbishop. He discusses his childhood; what drew him to the priesthood; his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement; the lessons of the Truth and Reconciliation ...

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The Conversation: class in Australia collection

This collection of short articles critically examine the topic of class in Australia, asking whether it exists and examining relationship between class and aspects such as health, where you live, gender, income inequality and others. The articles support student investigations and in-depth studies of issues relevant for ...

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Benazir Bhutto: pioneer of democracy

This is a 2000 interview with Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and 1993 to 1996 and leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). She discusses her privileged background; the influences on her life; her policies and beliefs; the challenges she faced; and what she wished she had done differently. ...

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: the iron lady of Africa

This is a 2008 interview with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of Liberia since 2006, the first female head of state in Africa. She discusses her childhood; the coup d'état in Liberia; the Doe and Johnson dictatorships; her presidential campaigns and the power of women voters; her policies of ...

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 ...

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Difference Differently: student Q and A

This is a student resource thatpresents 14 diverse Australians answering questions related to cultural diversity and beliefs, via video or text. Each person is introduced in a short video and answers a selection of questions. They speak from a personal perspective but reflect various races, cultures and belief systems. ...

Teacher resource

The 1967 referendum

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a sequenced series of teaching/learning activities about the 1967 referendum to amend or repeal sections of the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Intended for teachers, the 13-page pdf resource focuses mainly on the 40th ...

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Oil painting - opening of first Commonwealth Parliament, 1901

This is a monochrome oil painting by Charles Nuttall, depicting the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901. The painting is 226 cm high x 405 cm wide, and it has a carved wooden frame with a leaf pattern.

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History of voting

Australia's first parliamentary election was in 1843. What was different about voting then? When and how did that change to resemble elections we have now? See if you can list the three significant dates in Australia’s history of voting and the changes that occurred on those dates.

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Year 10: Justice at home and overseas

This collection of resource sheets support students to understand key features and values of Australia's system of government and the role of the High Court with a focus on the Western Australian legal system. The resources include a comparison between key features of the Australian and Indonesian systems of government. ...

Interactive Resource

Making a Nation: changing the Constitution

This interactive resource looks at the creation of the Australian Constitution and then explores the process used to change it - referendum. Information on several referendums is presented (1910, 1937, 1967, 1984) but, in a case study, students investigate the 1951 anti-communism referendum in more detail. The seven activities ...

Teacher resource

A democracy destroyed - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work for the mid-secondary years about how the Nazis destroyed democracy in Germany and how democracy is protected in Australia. The unit contains four focus questions that are explored through sequences of learning with student activities and assessment tasks. Teacher notes, assessment criteria ...

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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 ...

Teacher resource

An Australian republic? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about whether Australia should become a republic and, if so, how the new head of state should be chosen and the powers that person should have. Intended for middle and upper secondary students, the unit is organised around five areas of investigation. These involve: students researching ...