Ensure that you complete your community
service by the end of term 3.
STEP 2 - RESEARCH
In order to answer the key question, what does it mean to be a citizen
in Australia and a member of a democratic community, each member
of the group needs to become informed.
Each member of the group must choose two
of the research areas below, so each group will cover 8 of the 10
research areas. Each student will share his knowledge with the rest
of the group. When you have decided who you are going to interview,
some further research will probably be needed.
Choose two different questions each, so 8
of the 10 research areas will be explored by each group.
||Investigate some historical and
contemporary issues, such as the republican debate, the inclusion
of a bill of rights in the Constitution, the flag, Indigenous
recognition, and the division of federal and state powers.
||Investigate the nature and history
of the concept of human rights and national and international
legislation designed to protect those rights.
||Explore human rights issues at
the national and international level, including an investigation
of the human rights of Indigenous communities and other groups
||Explore key elements of modern
democracy, such as the origins, purposes, objectives and constituencies
of political parties, and the characteristics and operation
of the electoral system.
||Consider the ways that these allow
citizens to participate in governance and how well these elements
support democratic principles and values.
||Consider other processes for influencing
the views and actions of others, for example, through participation
in organisations such as unions, environmental and other interest
||Evaluate the role of the Australian
government as a global citizen, including Australia's role in
the United Nations, through contexts such as government responses
to environmental concerns such as global warming or other issues
of environmental sustainability, natural disasters, peacekeeping
operations, and national and global security issues.
||Apply their knowledge
about representative democracy and systems of government by
researching and proposing possible action on an issue relevant
to them at the local, state or national level.
||Examine the processes for bringing
about change through Australia's legal and political systems,
including how state and federal laws are made and changed.
||Explore what it means to be a
leader and consider different leadership types and learn how
they can lead by example.
STEP 3 - Questions
Choose two different questions
each, so 8 of the 10 research areas will be explored by each group.
||What is a democracy? What are
democratic values? What are the key features of Australian democracy?
How is Australia's democratic system different to at least one
other democratic country?
||What are the key features of the
Australian political, government and legal systems?
||What is Australia's place in the
Asia Pacific region and the world?
||What are the sustainable practices
that underpin the future well-being of societies and the environment
from a local to a global level?
||What contribution has democracy
made to Australia's history and national identity?
|| How are democratic decision-making,
voting and leadership, rules and laws of governance, and concepts
such as human rights and social justice associated with citizenship?
||What are the origins and nature
of Australia's federal political system and what changes would
||How do citizens influence government
policy through participation in political parties, elections
and membership of interest groups?
||What skills and behaviours do
individuals need to successfully interact with the community
and to engage with organisations and groups?
When 8 of the RESEARCH areas and 8 of the QUESTIONS
have been completed, and you have conducted your interviews, reflected
on your community service, the Red Cross appeal, ANZAC Day, Millgrove
and work experience (if undertaking it this year), then the group
will need to share their knowledge and decide how to structure the
presentation in order to answer the key question (what
does it mean to be a citizen in Australia and a member of a democratic
community) taking careful note of the marking