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Civics and citizenship / Year 9 / Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Laws and citizens

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Curriculum content descriptions

The key principles of Australia‚Äôs justice system, including equality before the law, independent judiciary, and right of appeal (ACHCK078)

Elaborations
  • describing what is meant by each principle and how each works to protect citizens and contribute to a fair society
  • examining factors that can undermine the application of the principles of justice (for example, bribery, coercion of witnesses, trial by media and court delays)
  • examining how the media, or individuals through social media, could influence the outcome of a trial by publishing information about a defendant that could affect a jurys decision
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Legal equality,  Appeal,  Judiciary

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Judge Kevin Parker talks about 'beyond reasonable doubt', 2008

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Biography: Federation people: Josiah Symon

Investigate prominent lawyer Josiah Symon's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Symon: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Biography: Federation people: John Want

Investigate John (Jack) Want's role as an opponent of Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Want: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Judge Kevin Parker discusses grave human rights violations, 2008

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Judge Kevin Parker outlines the complexity of the ICTY process, 2008

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Judge Kevin Parker outlines the development of humanitarian law, 2008

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Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, 1932-34

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Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum Year 9 unit of work

This unit of work explores key concepts relating to Australia's federal Parliament in particular the key question 'What influences shape the operation of Australia’s political system?' It contains lessons and a differentiated assessment item with a marking rubric.