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Making a Nation

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, ‘Making a Nation’.

Year 9

Historical perspectives

  • Students explore how and why civic and political rights, government policies and national identity have changed over time in Australia (eg key events and ideas in Australia’s development as an independent self-governing democracy from colonisation to the present).

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, ‘Making a Nation’.

Later adolescence band

ELA 21 The student understands about Australia and Australians.

Contemporary society

  • 21.LA.5 Contemporary and future issues and challenges facing Australian society.


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

Active citizenship

  • 22.LA.10 The influence of key people, events and ideas in Australia’s development as an independent, self-governing democracy from colonisation to the present.

New South Wales

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

Stage 5

History

Civics and Citizenship is a key focus of the syllabus.

  • 5.1 Explains social, political and cultural developments and events and evaluates their impact on Australian life (eg arguments for and against for Federation; Republicanism).
  • LS.4 Explores significant developments in world social and cultural history (eg revolutionary Europe).
  • LS.5 Investigates the importance of significant people, events and issues in world history (eg revolutionary Europe).
  • LS.8 Investigates the importance of significant people, events and issues in Australian history (eg reasons for Federation such as currency, defence, transport, trade).

Northern Territory

Student learning outcomes within 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, ‘Making a Nation’.

Beyond Band 5

Social Systems and Structures

Civics, Governance and Social Justice

  • Soc 5+.3 Critically evaluate how political and legal systems impact on civic actions and the implications for those who attempt political and legal reform; analyse and interpret the moral and ethical codes of organisations, individuals and societies in terms of social justice (eg the Republican movement).

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, ‘Making a Nation’.

Level 6

Time, Continuity and Change

  • TCC 6.2 Students use their own research focus to analyse changes or continuities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Systems, Resources and Power

  • SRP 6.4 Students communicate informed interpretations to suggest reforms to an economic, political or legal system.

Beyond Level 6

Time, Continuity and Change

  • D6.4 Students evaluate the effectiveness of progressive actions from the past to recommend particular actions for the future.

Systems, Resources and Power

  • D6.1 Students predict the consequences of attempts to reform economic, political or ecological systems.
  • D6.4 Students propose changes to economic, political or legal systems to make them more democratic and socially just.

South Australia

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

Standard 5

Time, Continuity and Change

  • 5.1 Critically analyses different interpretations of events, ideas and issues, including an understanding of the relationship between power and historical representation.

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, ‘Making a Nation’.

Standard 5

Strand 2 Democratic values and processes

  • Students understand democratic values and processes in society, government and the law (eg how the Australian constitution establishes the powers and responsibilities of the national parliament and the federal legal system, including the High Court).

    Strand 6 Historical inquiry

    • Students undertake historical inquiries in relation to continuity and change in society (eg key events and ideas in the development of Australian identity and self government).

    Strand 8 Communication

  • Students acquire, critically examine and communicate information.

    Victoria

    Standards in the domains of Civics and Citizenship and in The Humanities – History within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards are relevant to the Discovering Democracy unit, ‘Making a Nation’.

    Level 6

    Civics and Citizenship

    Civic knowledge and understanding

    • Students describe the origins and nature of Australia’s federal political system (eg democracy since Federation, and the development of the Australian constitution. Also compare Australia’s democracy with other democracies and present a considered point of view about a change in the political system and the law).


    The Humanities – History

    Historical knowledge and understanding

    • Students analyse events which contributed to Australia’s social, political and cultural 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, ‘Making a Nation’.

    Year 9

    Natural and Social Systems

    Political and Legal Systems

    • The elements and processes of government and governance.
    • The elements and processes of law making and law enforcement (eg parliament and the legislature in Australia and the ways they interact).

    Year 10

    Natural and Social Systems

    Political and Legal Systems

    • The elements and processes of government and governance (eg values that form the basis of Australia’s representative democracy have evolved over time; the constitution is open to interpretation, which impacts on citizens).
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