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Civics and Citizenship: 2017/2018?

Links to other school libguides on Civics & Citizenshiop


Libguides with Civic and Citizenship topics   (School - Guildford Grammar. Yr 9)  (School - Guildford Grammar Yr 10 )  Note this school does this topic in Yrs7-10 (school Lowther Hall. Yr10) (school Mount Lillydale College. yr 9?) (school Mandurah HS Yr 10) (  school Mandurah HS Yr10 ) (school Mater Christi - Yr 8 level. Legal investigation)  

Other  (School - Canadian. Yr 10 level) NOTE - Canadian but I like the concept of civic engagement and action & how they laid out their libguide. Ideas!  CJ

National - teaching civics and citizenship  Recent publication for teaching Yr 10 Civics and Citizenship (school St Aloysius College)   Scootle

Carey Yr 9 - outline of unit

Civics and Citizenship

Common Unit

Unit Description

This week-long Interdisciplinary unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand what it means to be a citizen of Australia, including an active understanding of democracy. Students investigate the political and legal systems in our society and study democratic values such as, freedom of speech and the press, equality before the law, government accountability, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals to participate in decision-making.

Students also explore the levels of Government and some local issues. Opportunities to contribute as members of our society in a voluntary capacity are also discussed.

The historical foundations of our country and society are considered, as is the development of Australia as a multicultural society and Australia's role in a globalised world.

In this unit students have the opportunity to design and run an election campaign, thus developing their understanding of the Australian electoral system.


Students complete a digital workbook on OneNote and a guided reflection task for each day.



Carey Yr 9 civics week

Year 9 Civics and Citizenship Week

Gaining an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in an active democracy is an important part of being an active and aware Australian citizen.

A week of activities for the Year 9 cohort at the end of Semester 1 will introduce students to the history of democracy, with democracy in action being the focus for the rest of the week as students are exposed to the processes of forming political parties, developing a platform of values, campaigning and participating in the democratic process.

A range of guest speakers with ties to the local Youth communities, both inside and outside of Carey, as well as an assortment of engaging activities including an election campaign and participation in a ‘mock’ Citizenship Ceremony, will help ensure we develop active citizens of the 21st Century.

Civics Week for 2014 is held during the last week of Term 2 – Monday 23 June to Friday 27 June

Carey Yr 9 program 2016

Gaining an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in an active democracy is an important part of being an active and aware Australian citizen. During the last week of Semester 1, from Monday 20 June to Friday 24 June, we have a week of activities for the Year 9 cohort. Students will be exposed to the history of democracy, with democracy in action being the focus for the rest of the week. Students will also learn the processes of forming political parties, developing a platform of values, campaigning, and participating in the democratic process.

We are delighted to have Reverend Tim Costello speaking to the students in the Chapel on Wednesday at 10.20am with the topic being ‘How to be civic minded’. A Year 9 Carey parent, Ms Marta Ago from the Department of Justice, will speak on Friday morning about ‘The supply of alcohol to minor’s legislation’ which leads into next term’s parent and student Safe Party Forum Information Evening to be held on Wednesday 27 July.

As well as the events listed above, students will visit the Melbourne Town Hall, the Old Treasury Building, and a local park to undertake a planning component of the program. We will also have a representative from the Boroondara Council’s Planning Department to discuss planning issues of the area.

We finish the week with a Q and A session with Mr Tim Smith MP, State Member for Kew, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of The Opposition, and Mr Anthony Carbines MP, State Member for Ivanhoe.



Carey 2016

On the Wednesday morning, Old Carey Grammarian and current Carey parent, Tom Elliott, spoke to the students about the relationship between politics and the media. In doing so, Tom gave some fascinating insights into some of our best known politicians of today, by sharing his experiences of interviewing them in his role as the 3AW Drive host, as well as occasional coffee dates with Tony Abbott. Tom spoke of the challenge of getting a straight answer out of politicians during a radio interview, and the tactics that politicians use to avoid answering questions. He also shared some reflections of his time at Carey, including being part of the first Carey rowing crew to win the Head of the River, and how the debating he did at Carey helped him in his current role as a talkback radio host. The Year 9 students thoroughly enjoyed hearing Tom’s insights, and asked a number of well-informed questions at the end of his speech.

On the Thursday morning, Supreme Court Judge, Hon. Justice Michael Croucher, spoke to the students about jury duty. He gave the students some hypothetical scenarios to explain the role of the jury on criminal cases. Michael also explained the way a jury member becomes involved with a case and the many rules and stipulations that relate to that involvement. He is a passionate advocate for the jury system and encouraged the students to complete jury duty if they ever get the opportunity in their adult lives. After his presentation, the Year 9 students grilled Michael with some interesting questions about his life as a Supreme Court Judge.


Also on the Thursday morning, the Year 9 students were visited by Tim Wilson, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. Tim presented the topic of public policy from a position of principle. In a wide ranging speech, Tim talked to the students about some of the pressing human rights issues that exist in the world today. He then handed over to the students and staff to ask some interesting questions about human rights issues that they were interested in.



Carey 2017

This week at Carey Middle School, we have had our Year 9 Civics Week. Students were asked to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems, and democratic values such as equality, accountability and rights. Students have also explored levels of governments and decision making.

As part of the many activities during the week, students visited the Old Treasury Building in 20 Spring Street, Melbourne, and Rathmines Road Reserve in Hawthorn East. Students also heard from a variety of speakers, including:

  • Paige Burton – Australia’s UN Ambassador for Youth
  • The Hon Justice Michael Croucher – Supreme Court of Victoria,
  • The Hon Bruce Atkinson – MLC President of the Legislative Council and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region
  • Ms Georgie Crozier – MLC Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Shadow Minister for Families and Children, Shadow Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Shadow Minister for Women and Shadow Cabinet Secretary
  • The Hon Philip Dalidakis – MLC Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade
  • Ms Sue Pennicuik – MLC The Victorian Greens Whip
  • Mr Mark Skiba – Senior Landscape Architect, City of Boroondara.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the above speakers for donating their time to speak with our Year 9 students.



Civics - WA school

Victorian curriculum outline

Civics and citizenship


Levels 9 and 10 Description

The Level 9 and 10 curriculum builds students’ understanding of Australia’s political system and how it enables change. Students examine the ways political parties, interest groups, media and individuals influence government and decision-making processes. They compare Australia’s system of government with another system of government in the Asian region. Students examine Australia’s roles and responsibilities within the international context, such as its involvement with the United Nations. They investigate the features and principles of Australia’s court system, including its role in applying and interpreting Australian law. Students also study the purpose and work of the High Court. Students also examine global connectedness and how this is shaping contemporary Australian society. They investigate the values and practices that enable a democratic society to be sustained

A framework for developing students’ civics and citizenship knowledge, understanding and skills at this year level is provided by the following key questions:

What influences shape the operation of Australia's political system?

How does Australia's court system work in support of a democratic and just society?

How is Australia’s democracy defined and shaped by the global context?

How do citizens participate in an interconnected world?

How are government policies shaped by Australia’s international legal obligations?

What are the features of a resilient democracy?


Levels 9 and 10 Content Descriptions

Government and Democracy

  1. Discuss the role of political parties and independent representatives in Australia’s system of government, including the formation of governments, and explain the process through which government policy is shaped and developed (VCCCG028)
  2. Explain the values and key features of Australia’s system of government compared with at least one other system of government in the Asia region (VCCCG029)
  3. Analyse how citizens’ political choices are shaped, including the influence of the media (VCCCG030)
  4. Explain the Australian government’s roles and responsibilities at a global level, including provision of foreign aid, peacekeeping and the United Nations (VCCCG031)

    Laws and Citizens

    Explain how Australia’s international legal obligations shape Australian law and government policies, including in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCCCL032)
    Describe the key features of Australia’s court system, including jurisdictions and how courts apply and interpret the law, resolve disputes and make law through judgments, and describe the role of the High Court in interpreting the Constitution (VCCCL033)
    Discuss the key principles of Australia’s justice system, including equality before the law, independent judiciary, and right of appeal (VCCCL034)

    Citizenship, Diversity and Identity

    Analyse contemporary examples and issues relating to Australian democracy and global connections, including key aspects of citizenship in a pluralist society (VCCCC035)
    Discuss challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society (VCCCC036)
    Discuss how and why groups, including religious groups, participate in civic life (VCCCC037)
    Examine the influence of a range of media, including social media, in shaping identities and attitudes to diversity and how ideas about Australian identity may be influenced by global events (VCCCC038)

    Levels 9 and 10 Achievement Standard

    By the end of Level 10, students evaluate features of Australia’s political system, and identify and analyse the influences on people’s electoral choices. They compare and evaluate the key features and values of systems of government, and analyse Australia’s global roles and responsibilities. They analyse the role of the High Court and explain how Australia’s international legal obligations influence law and government policy. They explain the key principles of Australia’s system of justice and analyse the role of Australia’s court system. They analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. Students evaluate a range of factors that sustain democratic societies and analyse ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts, taking into account multiple perspectives and ambiguities.