Learning Outcomes Secondary

Statements of Learning for Civics and Citizenship – Year 7

Government and law

Students explore the principles underpinning democracy and civil society in Australia, the purpose of the Australian Constitution and the roles of each level of government.

They have the opportunity to:

  • examine the role of key institutions and principles of Australian representative democracy (eg parliament, head of state, political parties, free and fair elections, secret ballot, universal adult suffrage)
  • describe the general processes involved in elections and how govrnments are formed

Students understand that the law exists to protect rights and freedoms in a democracy.

They have the opportunity to:

  • reflect on ways in which changing values can influence the law

Citizenship in a democracy

Students explore the civic values and rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society.

They have the opportunity to:

  • define and exercise rights and responsibilities associated with being a citizen in Australia
  • identify values that support social cohesion and consider the ways in which this can be undermined or strengthened by individual and collective action

Historical perspectives

Students explore the impact of people, events and movements of the past on Australian identities and democracy and consider ways in which people were governed in ancient times.

They have the opportunity to:

  • investigate how British colonisation of Australia affected the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • investigate key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy
  • investigate individuals who have campaigned for expanded human rights and democracy