Men and Women in Political Life
1 What is political activity?
People in the news
A political situation at school
A political situation in a factory
Celebrating politically active Australians
2 What can we learn from people who have
worked in parliament?
Chifley and Menzies
A day in the life of a recent prime minister
Achievements and personal qualities, skills
Job description for a prime minister
Womens fight to enter parliament
Leaders of today and yesterday
Women in parliament today
Biographies of four Australians who stood for
This unit requires students to understand
non-political activity; and working
inside and outside of parliament. The unit begins
with students using newspapers and school
situations to investigate the nature of political
activity. It is then suggested we celebrate
politically active Australians and
information on some famous
Australians follows. Students are provided with
information on A Day in the life
. a prime minister, a union
organiser, an activist for womens rights,
an activist for Aboriginal rights. Students are
involved in note-taking, reflection, letter
writing, writing job descriptions and other types
of comprehension based work.
QSOSE Gold Star Activity Award!
The CD ROM material with short segments on
famous people, and game to match
Students evaluate evidence from the past to
demonstrate how such accounts reflect the culture
in which they were constructed.
Students collaboratively identify the values
underlying contributions by diverse individuals
and groups in Australian or Asian
Students evaluate evidence of the ways in
which their personal history and the history of
others have been constructed. (May need to add to
DD activities to do this).
Students collaborate to locate and
systematically record information about the
contributions of people in diverse past settings.
Economy and Society
- Identify key features of Australias
political system at local, state and
- Describe the role of key individuals and
groups within the legislative and
executive branches including the head of
state, the prime minister, premiers, the
ministry, backbenchers and political
business people who contribute/d to the
Australian way of life.
Leadership/ strategic management.
- Stories of Democracy CD ROM.
Biographies of people sorted according to
outside parliament. Students
play the game to match photographs to
- Parliament at Work CD ROM
- Discovering Democracy Secondary video
interviews with two people
one working outside parliament, and one
working within parliament.