Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will consider the role of citizens in leading legislative reform and learn about the parliamentary process in law-making. They will discuss complex legal issues as they pertain to the coward punch and form arguments and opinions on legislative reform.

Coward Punch logo​​The STOP the Coward Punch education package aims to spread awareness about the devastating effects of the coward punch on our community. ​​This education package was developed by a team of experts, including a youth worker, education specialist and specialist teachers and references the latest research and laws on coward punches.

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand the evolution of coward punch legislation 
  • Students will understand the foundations of how laws are made in Australia
  • Students will understand the role citizens can play in legislative reform.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingEmpathyProblem Finding

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 10 Civics and Citizenship:

  • The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society (ACHCK094)
  • Critically evaluate information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS097)
  • Present evidence-based civics and citizenship arguments using subject-specific language (ACHCS101)
  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS102)

Syllabus outcomes: N/A

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: 

Students evaluate a range of factors that sustain democratic societies. They account for and evaluate different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. Students develop and present evidence-based arguments incorporating different points of view on civics and citizenship issues. They use appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They evaluate ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.

Topic: Social Issues

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: Civics and Citizenship – Years 7 to 10.

Time required: 60 mins class time plus 45 mins flipped learning.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – teacher will facilitate class discussions and some activities.

Resources required:

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.

Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours

Keywords: coward punch, laws, legislation, legislative reform, law-making, one punch, manslaughter, minimum sentence, case study, aggravated assault

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand the evolution of coward punch legislation 
  • ... understand the foundations of how laws are made in Australia
  • ... understand the role citizens can play in legislative reform.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... identify key differences between laws pertaining to manslaughter, aggravated assault and coward punches
  • ... critically reflect on case studies of legislative reform
  • ... discuss and unpack complex legal issues
  • ... form arguments and opinions on the issue of legislative reform in Australia.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Since 2000, over 172 Australians have been killed by a coward punch and many more were injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and physically scarring family, friends and survivor

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Student Worksheet

Coward Punch - Legislative Reform

Learning intentions: You will...

  • ... understand the evolution of coward punch legislation 
  • ... understand the foundations of how laws are made in Australia
  • ... understand the role citizens can play in legislative reform.

Success criteria: You can…

  • ... identify key differences between laws pertaining to manslaughter, aggravated assault and coward punches
  • ... critically reflect on case studies of legislative reform
  • ... discuss and unpack complex legal issues
  • ... form arguments and opinions on the issue of legislative reform in Australia.

Part A: Flipped Activity - Audio Interview

Listen to the following audio interview and answer the questions below:

Audio File: Change Agents: Amee Meredith and Caterina Politi on reforming ‘one-punch’ laws

Source: https://theconversation.com/change-agents-amee-meredith-and-caterina-politi-on-reforming-one-punch-laws-80187

Notes:

In response to this form of violence (coward punches), Australi

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