Discussion Forum


13 March to 17 March 2000

QUESTION 2

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PARTS OF THE DISCOVERING DEMOCRACY KIT MATCH THE CURRICULUM OUTCOMES IN MY STATE?

DISCOVERING DEMOCRACY UNIT

QUEENSLAND AND VICTORIAN SOSE OUTCOMES

LINKS TO CURRENT TOPICS/PROGRAMS AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Law and Rights

Human Rights – Middle Secondary

  1. What are human rights?
  • Establishing priorities
  • Types of rights
  • Rights and responsibilities
  1. Where did human rights come from?
  • The French revolution and the defining of human rights
  • Comparing rights defined in the past with rights today
  • Rights and responsibilities
  1. Where have Australians’ human rights come from and how are they protested?
  • Rights defined in the Australian Constitution
  • Acts of Parliament – case studies
  • Court decisions – case study
  • Amnesty International and Councils for Civil Liberties
  • Investigating democratic rights in Australia
  • Applying a Bill of Rights
  1. What is Australia’s record on indigenous people’s rights?
  • Aboriginal people and human rights
  • Securing human rights
Queensland

TCC 5.1: Students use primary and secondary evidence to identify the development of ideas from ancient to modern times

TCC 5.4: Students explain the consequences of Australia’s international relations on the development of a cohesive society

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 or Asian environments (?)

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

C&I 5.1: Students investigate aspects of diverse cultural groups, including Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander groups, and how others perceive these aspects

C&I 5.4: Students describe how governments have caused changes to particular cultural groups

C&I 6.4: Students describe specific instances of cultural change resulting from government legislation or policies that have impacted on other cultural groups

SRP 5.5: Students apply the value of social justice to suggest ways of improving access to democracy in Queensland or Australian political settings

SRP6.5: Students apply understandings of social justice and democratic process to suggest ways of improving access to economic, political and legal power

Business

Consumer and citizenship rights.

The law in our society – justice and/or legal rights.

Types of service organisations.

Resources

Stories of Democracy CD ROM – Initial organisers are ‘ciivil’ (slavery); ‘political’ (voting), and ‘social’ (poverty). A brief history of the United Nations is provided. Students use photographs and text to investigate rights and responsibilities. No game.

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