Civics and Citizenship is a curriculum requirement
in the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) by the Department
of Education and Early Childhood (DEECD) and covers two areas: civic
knowledge and understanding,
and community engagement.
1. Civic knowledge
Civics and Citizenship at MHS provides students at year 10 with
the opportunity to explore concepts of democracy, develop knowledge
and understanding of the origins and key features of the Australian
political, government and legal systems, the diversity of Australia's
multicultural society, principles which underpin Australian democracy,
such as equality before the law, freedom of speech, democratic representation,
accountability of government, social justice and respect for others.
As well, students will explore the elements of sustainability in
local, national and global contexts and learn about the contribution
democracy has made to Australia's history and national identity
and Australia's place in the world.
2. Community engagement
This area focuses on the development of skills and behaviours students
need to interact with the community and engage with organisations
and groups, such as decision making, voting and leadership, the
rules and laws of governance and concepts such as human rights and
social justice. Students should think critically about their own
values, rights and responsibilities and those of organisations and
groups across a range of settings and explore the diversity in society.
Students should explore and consider different perspectives and
articulate and justify their own opinions on local, national and
global issues, as well as refine their opinions, values and allegiances
and apply their knowledge and skills in a range of community-based
Key Question for the Civics and Citizenship
Students will focus on the question:
What does it mean to be a citizen in Australia
and a member of the community?
You will demonstrate your knowledge through
the completion and presentation of the
This webpage contains all the material related to the task, as well
as some helpful guidelines.