Quick summary: In this Finding Out lesson students will consider what discrimination is and how it can be addressed. They will read scenarios in which discrimination occurs and share their opinions in a group discussion. Students will read case studies of discrimination claims and consider points of view from both parties. Students will then explore the process of conciliation and when it can be effective.
- What options are available for resolving disputes besides the court system?
- When is it appropriate to engage in conciliation?
- What is the link between conciliation and rights and freedoms?
21st Century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 Civics and Citizenship:
- Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS089)
- Present evidence-based civics and citizenship arguments using subject-specific language (ACHCS088)
General capabilities: Literacy
Relevant parts of year 9 achievement standards: Students analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. When planning for action, students take into account multiple perspectives, use democratic processes, and negotiate solutions to an issue. Students develop and present evidence-based arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts.
Topic: Human Rights
Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 9
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – read scenarios, facilitate student discussions.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of audio/visual presentation to present a website to the class. Understanding Discrimination Presentation. Conciliation or not? handout (printed, one per pair). Conciliation Case Studies handout (one per student). Glue, butcher’s paper (optional).
Keywords: rights, freedoms, discrimination, conciliation.
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