Activity Introduction

Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Economics and Business.

Year Levels: 9.

Topics: Enterprise learning.

Teaching Time: 60 minutes.

Quick summary: 

Lesson three of five. Addressing social issues starts with the call to action. Students will identify an issue they want to tackle by ranking social issues in order of importance.

Learning intentions: 

  • Students will explore social issues affecting communities locally and globally
  • Students will rank social issues as individuals and vote for a class social cause.

21st century skills: 

Team Work Social SkillsEmpathyCommunicating


Australian Curriculum Mapping

This unit of lessons is intended to focus on many of the General Capabilities of the curriculum. There are many elements of the curriculum that can be overlaid into these lessons with minor modifications on the part of the teacher. For a full breakdown of the General Capabilities used and the curriculum links that can be drawn into each lesson, click here.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Creating a Social Enterprise.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required:

Keywords: entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social entrepreneur, social entrepreneurship, social issues, business, entrepreneurship education, Social Enterprise Schools, Social Enterprise Academy, teamwork, group work, team, leadership.

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


Cool would like to thank Social Enterprise Academy for supporting the development of these lessons.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... explore social issues affecting communities locally and globally
  • ... rank social issues as individuals and vote for a class social cause.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... identify social issues affecting all levels of society
  • ... justify their thoughts on the importance of different socials issues.

Teacher content information:

As with any lesson discussing social issues, be aware that students in your class may be affected by these issues. Stay vigilant for any changes in student behaviour and tactfully find a way to check in with any students who may be withdrawing or triggered by the discussion. Give these students time to remove themselves from the class and be sure to follow up with your school's Student Wellbeing team. 

Exploring social issues can be overwhelming, especially during a pandemic. Many of us can feel overwhelmed by the scale of some of these issues, especially climate change and eq

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