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Civics and Citizenship

Year 9


Factors influencing political choices

Summary of task

The task occurred at the end of year as part of a whole-school forum on Australian identity and civic responsibility. In age- or stage-equivalent groups, students participated in a series of structured, teacher-moderated discussions on Australia’s democratic institutions and their personal understanding of, and engagement with, notions of diversity, difference and unity.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 9, students evaluate features of Australia’s political system, and identify and analyse the influences on people’s political choices. 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. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life.

When researching, students analyse a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems and critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance and reliability. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. When planning for action, students take into account multiple perspectives, use democratic processes, and negotiate solutions to an issue. Students develop and present evidence-based arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They analyse ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.

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