Quick summary: In this Finding Out lesson, students will explore the Australian court system and its relationship to rights and freedoms. Students are introduced to the topic in a debate line, wherein they respond to a set of provocations from a specific viewpoint. The class will view a video featuring an overview of the court system, and engage in a ‘See-Think-Wonder’ visible thinking routine. Students will work in groups to research and present information about an aspect of the Australian court system they are wondering about. Students will use a hexagonal thinking tool to make connections between the Australian court system and rights and freedoms. Finally, students will reflect on their learning using the ‘Connect-Extend-Challenge’ visible thinking routine.
- What is the Australian court (judicial) system?
- What is the purpose of courts of law?
- What are the details of the court system?
- What is the link between the court system and rights and freedoms?
21st Century skills: Critical Thinking, Team Work, Communicating, Problem Solving.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Civics and Citizenship:
- The key features of Australia’s court system and how courts apply and interpret the law, resolve disputes and make law through judgements (ACHCK077)
- The key principles of Australia’s justice system, including equality before the law, independent judiciary, and right of appeal (ACHCK078)
- Develop, select and evaluate a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems (ACHCS082)
- Identify, gather and sort information and ideas from a range of sources and reference as appropriate (ACHCS083)
- Recognise and consider multiple perspectives and ambiguities, and use strategies to negotiate and resolve contentious issues (ACHCS086)
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.
Relevant parts of year 9 achievement standards: Students explain the key principles of Australia’s system of justice and analyse the role of Australia’s court system. When researching, students analyse a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems and critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance and reliability. Students compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. They analyse ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.
Topic: Human Rights
Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 9.
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – share background information with students and lead the class through a presentation.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of audio/visual presentation to present a website to the class. ‘Exploring the systems that protect our Rights and Freedoms’ Presentation. Sticky-notes. Scissors. Glue. Butcher’s paper (optional). Web-enabled devices for students to share in groups. UDHR articles (enough for groups of 2-3 to share), hexagonal thinking template. A4 paper (one sheet per student).
Keywords: human rights, freedoms, Australian legal system, courts, law.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.