Civics and citizenship / Year 8 / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research

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Curriculum content descriptions

Develop a range of questions to investigate Australia's political and legal systems (ACHCS068)

Elaborations
  • developing complex and open-ended questions to explore a civics or citizenship topic such as ‘freedoms’ (for example, ‘What do our freedoms mean in practice?’ and ‘What do you consider to be the most important freedom?’)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • 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

Law,  Politics

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