Civics and Citizenship 7-10 / Year 7 / Knowledge and understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity

Curriculum content descriptions

how Australia’s secular democracy and pluralist, multi-faith society draws upon diverse cultural origins, including Christian and Western heritage, distinct First Nations Australian histories and cultures, and migrant communities (AC9HC7K04)

Elaborations
  • defining the terms “secular”, “multi-faith”, “diverse society”, “culturally diverse”, “Christian heritage”, “Western heritage” and “pluralist”, and discussing their relevance to Australia today
  • exploring the diversity of First Nations Australian communities and discussing the distinctiveness of a community linked to their Country/Place
  • identifying trends regarding religious observance and/or cultural heritage in Australian society, using the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other data sources
  • exploring the diversity of spiritualities among First Nations Australian communities, from traditional spirituality to the adoption of other religions such as Christianity and Islam
  • appreciating the cultural and historical foundations of Australias Christian heritage and their impact on Australia’s political and legal systems
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural Understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Religious faiths,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,  Secular belief systems,  Democracy,  Multiculturalism

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Koorie Cross-Curricular Protocols for Victorian Government Schools

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