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Active Citizenship

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An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on Australia’s democracy and legal system. The teaching ideas in this resource assist students to gain knowledge and understanding of the role of citizen participation in protecting our democratic way of life.

An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on Australia’s laws, the responsibilities and freedoms of citizens and participation in the democratic process. The teaching ideas in this resource assist students to gain knowledge and understanding of how citizens can use direct action to contribute to Australian democracy.

An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on how Australia’s legal system works to support a democratic and just society. The teaching ideas in this resource assist students to gain knowledge and understanding regarding how justice can be adversely affected if citizens are uninformed or inactive.

An understanding of the Civics and Citizenship concepts is developed through a focus on Australia’s global roles and responsibilities and the values and practices that enable a resilient democracy to be sustained. The teaching ideas in this resource assist students to gain knowledge and understanding regarding how Australia’s democratic system promotes direct action to oppose threats from organised crime, corruption and lawlessness.

Learning Intentions

Resource Focus

Community safety is enhanced by individuals taking positive action.

Students Understand:

  • Their rights and responsibilities as Australians
  • The process of becoming an Australian citizen
  • The importance of being properly informed before taking action
  • How the bystander effect influences people’s actions
  • Opportunities for taking civic action

Lesson Ideas

Further Student Enquiry

  • Students investigate the divergent views regarding the date of Australia Day (the stopping of Australia Day firework display by Fremantle Council and their holding of an alternative multicultural day on the 29th January could be explored for a local context. The Federal governments ban on holding citizenship ceremonies on this day could be used to explore the connection between politics and citizenship ).
  • Students investigate the process of becoming an Australian citizen.
  • Students investigate how, why and the possible consequences of the Australian Government’s ability to withdraw a person’s citizenship.
  • Students investigate the history of the inclusion of a particular Australian value or principle
  • Students investigate line two in the National Anthem ‘For we are young and free.” (Jessica Mauboy’s position on singing the National Anthem at the 2015 Melbourne Cup may assist students’ understanding of perspective)
  • SDERA School Drug Education and Road Aware provide a comprehensive range of classroom and whole school focused resources regarding drug education

Assessment

Formative:

Use information from class discussions and completed handouts to provide information about the level of knowledge and understanding of the topics listed under Learning Intentions

Summative:

  • Provide students with access to handout Create the recipe and ask them to complete by:
    • Creating the recipe of ‘what makes a good citizen’
    • Identifying the ingredients (characteristics) of a good citizen
    • Identifying the method (observable behaviours) of a good citizen
  • Students design, for the school/classroom, a persuasive poster, role play, ICT presentation, story board, pamphlet or speech that promotes active citizenship
  • Provide students with a copy of the handout Australian Citizenship Assessment which is completed individually under test conditions
  • Students pose and investigate a question around active citizenship
  • Students investigate the notion that for a healthy democracy to flourish it requires citizens to be active and informed.
  • Students investigate the safeguards introduced to protect citizens who take action.
  • Students investigate how our legal system provides the freedom for citizens to take action.