Learning Area: Humanities

Subject Description

Civics and Citizenship at the Year 10 level is an elective and one semester subject. It studies the Australian Political and Legal System.  The areas the students will look at are: Differences between Laws and Rules; The need for laws; The affect of the Australian Constitution on our lives- Separation of Powers; Federal and State Parliament; Local Government; Voting and Electorates; Australian Citizenship; Parliament and the Courts as Law Making institutions; The nature of Australia’s political parties, elections, voting and citizenship; Our Legal and Judicial System – Criminal Law and Civil Law.

At Year 10 level, students draw on a range of resources including mass media (newspapers; current affair programs) to articulate and explain own opinions on political, social and environmental issues on a national and global scale. The students will participate in a range of citizenship activities within the community, including an incursion from a current Federal/State Parliamentarian who will address the students on the activities of the Parliament. In the area of Law, students will visit the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court to gain an insight in the operation of our court system in the maintenance of law and order in our society.

Areas of Study:

  • The Australian Government and Australian Political System
  • Voting and Citizenship
  • The Law and You – The Australian Legal System – the law at work
  • Community engagement, how the community can become involved in civic activities and making a difference.

Curriculum Strands

  • Government and democracy
  • Laws and citizens
  • Citizenship, diversity and identity

Assessment Tasks

From a Bill to a Law 20%
Government and Politics Test 10%
Ringwood Magistrates’ Court visit 10%
Topic Tests/Brochures/Workbook marks 10%
Examination (end of semester) 50%