Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will learn introductory legal concepts while investigating the different types of law in Australia (criminal and civil) and distinguishing between different legal offences. This foundation will serve to allow students to better understand the laws that govern the coward punch and its associated legal consequences.

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 difference between criminal and civil law
  • Students will learn relevant legal terminology and create a glossary
  • Students will understand the reasons for creating new coward punch laws
  • Students will understand the legal factors relevant to a coward’s punch incident.

21st century skills: 

Critical ThinkingProblem FindingProblem Solving

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 8 Civics and Citizenship:

  • The types of law in Australia, including criminal law and civil law, and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customary law (ACHCK064)
  • Critically analyze information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS070)

Syllabus outcomes: N/A

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Relevant parts of Year 8 achievement standards: 

Students recognise different types of law in Australia and explain how laws are made. When researching, students develop a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems and critically analyze information gathered from different sources for relevance. They develop and present reasoned arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts.

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.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium –  teacher will support students to learn legal terminology and differentiate between laws and facilitate class activities and discussion on complex issues.

Resources required:

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

Keywords: criminal law, civil law, criminal justice system, civil justice system, coward punch, laws, one punch laws, coward punch, violence

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 difference between criminal and civil law
  • ... learn relevant legal terminology and create a glossary
  • ... understand the reasons for creating new coward punch laws
  • ... understand the legal factors relevant to a coward punch incident.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... define and distinguish between criminal and civil law
  • ... differentiate between murder, manslaughter and a coward punch in legal terms.

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 survivors for life. The STOP the Coward Punch campaign began in 2012 to raise awareness of the devas

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Student Worksheet

Coward Punch - The Thin Line Between Crimes

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand the difference between criminal and civil law
  • ... learn relevant legal terminology and create a glossary
  • ... understand the reasons for creating new coward punch laws
  • ... understand the legal factors relevant to a coward punch incident.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... define and distinguish between criminal and civil law
  • ... differentiate between murder, manslaughter and a coward punch in legal terms.

Criminal And Civil Law

1. Write your own answers to the questions in Column A then talk with a partner and write any new information into Column B:

Questions A B
What is a crime?
What are some different types of crimes you know of?
When does bad behaviour become a crime?
How do people get in trouble when they commit a crime?

2. Criminal vs. Civil Law
Criminal law is one of the two main branches of law. Criminal la

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