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Parties Control Parliament

National, state and territory curriculum links

National | ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

National

The nationally developed Statements of Learning for Civics and Citizenship includes three ‘Aspects’ that are defined at four levels of schooling (ie Year 3, 5, 7 and 9). The Year 9 Statements of Learning relate to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Year 9

Government and law

  • Students explore principles, features and practices that characterise democracy in Australia (eg parliamentary elections; role of political parties).

Australian Capital Territory

The Every chance to learn: Curriculum framework for ACT schools has essential content within the later adolescence band relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Later adolescence band

ELA 22 The student understands and values what it means to be a citizen in a democracy.

Democratic features

  • 22.LA.1 Significant features of democracy in Australia, including parliamentary elections, government accountability and the role of political parties.
  • 22.LA.2 The power, responsibilities and influence exercised by political leaders and elected representatives.

New South Wales

Learning outcomes within Stage 5 of the History 7–10 Syllabus are relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Stage 5

History

Civics and Citizenship is a key focus of the syllabus (eg how the Australian political system works in practice).

  • 5.1 Explains social, political and cultural developments and events and evaluates their impact on Australian life (eg voting rights of different groups at Federation; compulsory and preferential voting).

Northern Territory

Student learning outcomes within Band 5 and Beyond Band 5 of the Studies of Society and Environment Learning Area of the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework are relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Band 5

Social Systems and Structures

Civics, Governance and Social Justice

  • Soc 5.3 Critically evaluate a range of political and legal systems, and how these impact on citizens.

Beyond Band 5

Social Systems and Structures

Civics, Governance and Social Justice

  • Critically evaluate how political and legal systems impact on civic actions and the implications for those who attempt political or legal reform; analyse and interpret the moral and ethical codes of organisations, individuals and societies in terms of social justice (eg the life and impact of individuals or groups who have attempted political reform).

Queensland

Student learning outcomes within Level 6 of the Studies of Society and Environment Years 1 to 10 Syllabus are relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Level 6

Time, Continuity and Change

  • TCC 6.1 Students evaluate evidence from the past to demonstrate how such accounts reflect the culture in which they were constructed.
  • TCC 6.3 Students collaboratively identify the values underlying contributions by diverse individuals and groups in Australian environments.

South Australia

Standards 4 and 5 in Society and Environment of the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework are relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Standard 4

Time, continuity and change

  • 4.3 Interprets people’s motives and actions from perspectives of power, and relates this to future possibilities using a historical or contemporary event or issue.

Standard 5

Social systems

  • 5.11 Critically analyses ways in which change can be achieved through political and legal systems and processes.

Tasmania

Strands and Performance criteria at Standard 5 in the Society and History Syllabus of The Tasmanian Curriculum are relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Standard 5

Strand 1 Identity, relationships and culture

  • Students understand how culture and community shape identity and relationships (eg core values of cultural groups such as political parties and how they contribute to Australian identity).

Strand 2 Democratic values and processes

  • Students understand democratic values and processes in society, government and the law (eg key features of Australian democracy such as parliamentary elections; the responsibilities and influence of parliamentary leaders; the role and philosophies of political parties).

Strand 6 Historical inquiry

  • Students undertake historical inquiries in relation to continuity and change in society (eg the Australian government’s response to global movements; the dominance of particular people, events and ideas during a particular period of history).

Strand 8 Communication

  • Students acquire, critically examine and communicate information.

Victoria

Standards in the domains of Civics and Citizenship, the Humanities – History within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards are relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Level 6

Civics and Citizenship

Civic knowledge and understanding

  • Students describe the origins and nature of Australia’s federal political system (eg origins, purposes, objectives and constituencies of political parties). They explain how citizens influence government policy through participation in political parties, elections and membership of interest groups. They describe the election processes in Australia and how to vote.


The Humanities – History

Historical knowledge and understanding

  • Students evaluate the contribution of significant Australians to Australia’s development.

Western Australia

The K–10 Society and Environment Syllabus (2007) is consistent with other Department of Education and Curriculum Council frameworks and progress maps. There are developmental progressions of broad understandings in a number of strands relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Parties Control Parliament’.

Year 9

Natural and Social Systems

Political and Legal Systems

  • The elements and processes of government and governance (eg formal processes of democracy have political, legal and civic components; the power, responsibilities and influence exercised by political leaders and elected representatives).

Year 10

Natural and Social Systems

Political and Legal Systems

  • The elements and processes of government and governance (eg features of a healthy democracy promote democratic and civic institutional change over time).
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