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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, ‘A Democracy Destroyed’.

Year 9

Government and law

  • Students explore concepts of justice and law and the ways in which legal institutions and processes uphold people’s rights in a democracy.

Australian Capital Territory

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

Later adolescence band

ELA 23 The student understands world events and issues.

Events and issues

  • Significant and world movements and conflict in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (eg political ideologies, wars) and the key people who shaped events.

General

  • 23.LA.10 evaluate and use a range of historical sources to construct reasoned explanations about world events in the past.

New South Wales

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

Stage 5

History

Civics and Citizenship is a key focus of the syllabus (eg how people from the past were influenced by different values, attitudes and motives).

  • E5.3 Sequences major historical events to show an understanding of continuity, change and causation.

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, ‘A Democracy Destroyed’.

Band 5

Social Systems and Structures

Values, Beliefs and Cultural Diversity

  • Soc 5.4 critically evaluates the cultural and social structures, values and beliefs of communities and groups that impact and influence behaviour, attitudes and actions (eg how political ideologies impact on individual societies).

Beyond Band 5

Civics, Governance and Social Justice

  • Soc 5+.3 critically evaluates how political and legal systems impact on civic actions and the implications for those who attempt political and legal reform; analyses and interprets the moral and ethical codes of organisations, individuals and societies in terms of social justice (eg the impact of political structures such as Nazism on the rights of the individual; how legal and political ideologies segregate and disempower individuals and groups).

Queensland

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

Level 6

Time, Continuity and Change

  • TCC 6.5 Students develop criteria-based judgments about the ethical behaviour of people in the past.

Culture and Identity

  • CI 6.4 Students describe instances of cultural change resulting from government legislation or policies that have impacted on cultural groups.
  • CI D6.7 Students evaluate a country’s response to internal dissent or cultural diversity.

Beyond Level 6

Time, Continuity and Change

  • D6.1 Students evaluate evidence of the ways in which their personal histories and the histories of others have been constructed.

South Australia

Standard 5 in Society and Environment of the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework is relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘A Democracy Destroyed’.

Standard 5

Time, continuity and change

  • 5.1 Critically analyses different interpretations of events, ideas and issues, including the relationship between power and historical representation.
  • 5.2 Researches and analyses primary and secondary sources to contextualise, justify and act on the basis of their interpretation of an issue, event or pattern (eg power).

Social systems

  • 5.12 Critically analyses the ethical or non-ethical practices of governments in relation to minorities (eg effects of repressive or unfair laws, policies and agreements on minorities).

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, ‘A Democracy Destroyed’.

Standard 5

Strand 2 Democratic values and processes

  • Students understand democratic values and processes in society, government and the law (eg Stage 13: compare different political systems; Stage 15: understand the influence of democratic and non-democratic government on societies).

Strand 6 Historical inquiry

  • Students undertake historical inquiries in relation to continuity and change in society (eg the dominance of particular people, events and ideas during a particular period of history such as Nazi Germany; how large-scale events such as fascism have influenced people’s lives and world events).

Standard 7 Philosophical inquiry

  • Students undertake philosophical inquiries into issues and beliefs in society (eg investigate how an important ‘ism’ has influenced people’s lives or a significant world event; how Nazism undermined democratic values).

Strand 8 Communication

  • Students acquire, critically examine and communicate information.

Victoria

A standard in the domain of the Humanities – History within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards is relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘A Democracy Destroyed’.

Level 6

The Humanities – History

Historical knowledge and understanding

  • Students analyse the impact of some key wars and conflicts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. They demonstrate understanding of key ideologies (eg fascism) and explain their influence on people’s lives, national events and international relations (eg key leaders such as Hitler who have shaped the modern world).

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, ‘A Democracy Destroyed’.

Year 9

Culture

Beliefs and Culture

  • That cultural groups have values and beliefs, characteristics and influences (eg world views and values of a society are reflected in the political and legal system).

Personal, Group and Cultural Identity

  • Conflict between, and within, groups can be the result of different perspectives on individual rights and responsibilities.


    Time, Continuity and Change

    Understanding the past

    • The interrelationship between people, events and ideas and their impact on opinions, actions, values and perspectives.


    Natural and Social Systems

    Political and Legal Systems

    • The elements and processes of law making and law enforcement (eg the rule of law; independent judicial and legal institutions; equality before the law; the presumption of innocence; the right of appeal).

    Year 10

    Culture

    Beliefs and Culture

    • That cultural groups have values and beliefs, characteristics and influences.


    Natural and Social Systems

    Political and Legal Systems

    • The elements and processes of government and governance (eg political and legal systems are influenced by groups representing changing attitudes in society).
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