House of Representatives and the Senate: Introduction

Key learning area: Studies of Society and Environment

Year level: Lower Secondary

Lesson duration: 6 hours (4 lessons)

Unit topic: Two stories of democracy

Lesson topic: House of Representatives and the Senate

Lesson's overall aim

Students will learn about the House of Representatives and the Senate, with a particular focus on how members are chosen and the role they play in the Australian system of government. Using an ‘expert’ approach, students will research examples of when smaller parties and Independents have used their power ensure a bill’s safe passage through the Senate, as well as when they have enforced changes.

Curriculum links

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Intended student learning objectives/outcomes

Knowledge:

  • Develop an understanding of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • Acquire a knowledge of cases in which smaller parties and Independents have used their power to ensure a bill’s safe passage through the Senate as well as when they have enforced changes. 

Skills

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Working in teams
  • Presentation

Values

  • Fair go
  • Freedom
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Understanding, tolerance and inclusion

Resources:

  1. KWHL chart
  2. How the Senate operates as a check on government (Handout)
  3. Influencing the legislation (Handout)

Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two

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