Teacher guide Voting and belonging - unit of work

TLF ID M009611

This is an extended unit of work about enfranchisement and parliamentary representation. Intended for lower secondary students, the unit focuses on three aspects: the struggle of women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to gain the vote, their continuing under-representation in Australian parliaments, and the role of individuals in seeking to achieve both rights. The unit includes a social action activity in which students consider what they can do to enfranchise others and increase representation of a diversity of people.

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Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for history teaching and learning in year 9. It is relevant to the elective depth study 'Making a nation', particularly to the content description about key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy, including women's voting rights.
  • The unit is also of value in civics and citizenship. Its major thrust is about how both having the right to vote and having proportional representation affect the participation, sense of belonging and equality of citizens. One interesting question raised in the unit for students to consider is whether Australia should have dedicated seats in parliaments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as New Zealand has had for Maori people since 1867.
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