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What Sort of Nation?

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Focus question 1: What sort of nation has Australia been? What sort of nation is it today?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
  • Images of Australian culture and experience
  • Interpretation and analysis of images
  • Creation of a personal image of Australia
    List of components of a national identity

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: How has immigration shaped the kind of nation we are?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
  • The make-up of Australia's population: growth over time
  • Comprehension and analysis of graphic/tabular representation
  • Summary
  • Australia's immigration policies: the White Australia Policy
  • Document analysis: reasons for race-based migration policies
  • Preparation of arguments
  • Australia's immigration policies: populate or perish
  • Comprehension activity: responses to new migrant intake
  • Synthesis: marketing an immigration policy
  • A multicultural society; policy change; assimilation to integration
  • Analysis of ethnic background of class
  • Review of past advice to 'new Australians' and preparation of advice for today
  • Interpretation and discussion: assimilation policies
  • Comprehension and discussion: social cohesion and multiculturalism
  • Analysis of community values
  • Scenario discussion and resolution

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: How do economic factors shape and reflect the kind of nation we are?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
  • Recent changes in Australian society
  • Comprehension and forming opinion
  • Work
  • Analysis: changes in employment trends; relationship between level of education and employment; job trends; remuneration levels
  • What does 'market' mean?
  • The employment market, 'fair
    and reasonable' reward
  • The international marketplace
  • Scenario discussion and
    resolution
     
  • Comprehension: changes in international trade
  • Review: work and the global economy
  • Case study: tariff protection and employment

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 4: What responsibilities do individuals, communities and governments have for the welfare of Australian citizens?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
Preparation
  • Australians: rich and poor
  • Comprehension: income distribution
  • Discussion: equity and income
 
  • Australia's social welfare history
  • Analysis: targeting welfare programs
 
  • Individual and government responsibilities
  • Analysis and rating of 'life risks'
  • Testing hypotheses and synthesis: individual and governmental responsibilities
 
  • Social welfare or social security
  • Comprehension: social welfare or security
 
  • Limits to welfare
  • Comprehension and analysis: government revenue and expenditure
  • Budget simulation: Parliament at Work CD ROM
  • Debate: 'A country should be judged by how well it cares for its least well-off'
  • Arrange for the use of the relevant activity from the Parliament at Work CD ROM

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 5: What kind of country do we want Australia to be?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
  • A future view
  • Discussion and values clarification: what kind of country should Australia be
  • Project and poster display: one issue that is critical to Australia's future

Teaching and learning activities

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