Activity Introduction

hero-magna carta 2Quick Summary: Students will explore the evolution of democratic ideas and principles stemming from Magna Carta, and how these ideas have shaped key features of Australian democracy, such as the values of freedom, equality, fairness and justice. 

logo-ahrc-large  To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission has partnered with Cool Australia to help students develop their understanding about the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has had on our human rights and freedoms in Australia today.

 

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the historical importance of the Magna Carta
  • Students learn about Australia’s role in the negotiation of the UN Charter and the drafting of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights
  • Students discuss the meaning and importance of human rights principles such as the rule of law, the right to justice and democratic representation
  • Students undertake research on three groups in Australia who historically have struggled to receive recognition of their human rights and freedoms: women, migrants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 
  • Students explore ways that young people can be active and engaged citizens who stand up for human rights issues.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content description:

Year 9 History 

  • Key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy, including women’s voting rights (ACDSEH091)

Year 9 Civics and Citizenship 

  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS089)

Year 10 History 

  • The origins and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including Australia’s involvement in the development of the Declaration (ACDSEH023)
  • The continuing nature of efforts to secure civil rights and freedoms in Australia and throughout the world, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) (ACDSEH143)
  • Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past  (ACHHS190)
  • Use chronological sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places (ACHHS182)

Year 10 Civics and Citizenship 

  • Australia’s roles and responsibilities at a global level, for example provision of foreign aid, peacekeeping, participation in international organisations and the United Nations (ACHCK091)
  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS102)

General capabilities:  Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability

Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture OI.9

Syllabus Outcomes: HT5-2, HT5-3, HT5-7.

Topic: Human rights 

Time required: 4 x 60 mins – plus additional homework time for student research and reflection activity

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate student activities.

Resources required:

Additional resources: 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension and homework through research activities.

Keywords: Magna Carta, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom, justice, equality, fairness, democracy, citizenship.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

AHRC - King and TaxTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: The activities in this teaching resource explore the evolution of democratic ideas and principles stemming from Magna Carta, and how these ideas have shaped key features of Australian democracy, such as the values of freedom, equality, fairness and justice.

Teacher content information: Magna Carta has had an enduring legacy that has shaped the human rights and freedoms that all Australians enjoy today. In particular, Magna Carta advanced ideas of freedom, justice and the rule of law, principles which have become enshrined in our democracy.

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission has created a series of inline educational resources which explore the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has has on our human rights and freedoms in Australia.

VIDEO: Magna Carta - The Story of Our Freedom (https://www.humanrights.gov.au/magnacarta/video/)

Audio described version

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Student Worksheet

AHRC - Rights and axeThought starter - What rights and freedoms do you value the most?

VIDEO: Magna Carta - The Story of Our Freedom (https://www.humanrights.gov.au/magnacarta/video/)

Reflection activity

Reflect upon how your thinking has developed during this unit by completing the table below.

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What I know

W

What I want to know

H

How I will find out

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What I learnt

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