Making a difference

Secondary KLA:
Human Society and its Environment
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12

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This resource consists of four case studies which explore stories that illustrate issues of civics and citizenship at local, state, federal government and international levels. Students learn about active citizenship and plan their own, while covering content such as the Freedom Rides, Franklin Dam, Mabo, Wik and human rights.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(HT3-3) identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society

(HT3-4) describes and explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

(HT5-3) explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia

(HT5-6) uses relevant evidence from sources to support historical narratives, explanations and analyses of the modern world and Australia

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACDSEH023) The origins and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including Australia’s involvement in the development of the declaration

(ACDSEH091) Key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy, including women's voting rights

(ACDSEH106) The significance of the following for the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: 1962 right to vote federally; 1967 Referendum; Reconciliation; Mabo decision; Bringing Them Home Report (the Stolen Generations), the Apology

(ACDSEH134) Methods used by civil rights activists to achieve change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the role of ONE individual or group in the struggle

(ACDSEH143) The continuing nature of efforts to secure civil rights and freedoms in Australia and throughout the world, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007)

(ACHHK113) Key figures and events that led to Australia’s Federation, including British and American influences on Australia’s system of law and government.

(ACHHK114) Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women, and children.

(ACHHS123) Identify points of view in the past and present

(ACHHS188) Process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument

(ACHHS190) Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Politics, Active citizenship, Democracy, Human rights, Local government, State government, Federal government, Democratic processes
File type:
Centre for Learning Innovation
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Friday, 28 May 2010

Resource ID: e379a75d-ca1c-49d7-9c56-fcefb96d635b