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Units of work

Civic participation involves the active engagement of students with their communities by connecting classroom learning with community issues and needs. Through the explicit teaching of the Victorian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship students develop the knowledge and understanding of their political and legal systems and the values which underpin a democratic society to become informed and active citizens. This allows students to identify ways that they can participate in society; engage with the values of Australian democracy; identify issues and challenges that affect their community and how to design a plan of action in response.

I belong and can make a difference
This unit of work develops understanding of the concept of belonging and the role they and others can play in their communities through volunteering. Band: 3-4, Approx. delivery time: 4 x 60 minutes.

Who makes rules?
This unit of work will explain the importance of rules and laws and explain their difference. This unit will examine how laws can be changed to improve the local community. Band: 3-4, Approx. delivery time: 4 x 60 minutes.

Australian Citizenship Rights Responsibilities
This unit of work investigates the rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens. Also this unit focus on designing an action plan which will enable students to make a difference in the civic life of the community. Band: 5-6, Approx. delivery time: 7 x 60 minutes.

Making and Enforcing Laws 
This unit of work will explain how laws are made and enforced and investigate how civic participation can influence and shape the development of laws in response to community issues. Band: 5-6, Approx. delivery time: 8 x 60 minutes.

Who are we?
This unit of work will examine different perspectives about Australian identity and values and analyse how this can shape a sense of belonging and the factors that contribute to this within a local community. Band: 7-8, Approx. delivery time: 7 x 70 minutes.

Justice for All Justice and Law in Australia
This unit of work will analyse the concept of justice and explain its application in Australia. Band: 7-8, Approx. delivery time: 6 x 70 minutes.

Are we good global citizens
This unit of work will evaluate the role Australia collectively and individually plays in being a good global citizen by identify issues that affect Australia’s reputation. Band: 9-10, Approx. delivery time: 8 x 60 minutes.

Party Time: Who influences my vote?
This unit of work will explain how civic participation and citizens political choices can shape and are shaped by political parties and the media. Band: 9-10, Approx. delivery time: 12 x 50 minutes.

Academic vocabulary

Academic vocabulary can be broadly defined as the specific language requirements students need to know and understand in order to learn. This includes the specific language content for each learning area and capability that students need to master in order to be successful learners within that field of study.

For information on academic vocabulary visit Department of Education and Training - Vocabulary andVCAA Academic Vocabulary.

External resources

The following external links are for teacher reference purposes. They do not constitute VCAA endorsement of the views or materials contained on these sites.

Additional resources for Civics and Citizenship, including civic participation, can be found here.

Resources have been organised by Victorian Curriculum level and strand.

The Victorial Electoral Commission (VEC) provides educational resources and programs for teachers and students.

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) provides educational resources and programs for teachers and students.

Civics and Citizenship Education

Civics and Citizenship Education contains resources, information, activities and links for teachers, students and parents involved in civics and citizenship education.

Parliamentary Education Office

This website contains a range of resources for Civic and Citizenship. It includes animations and interactives and contains units of work.

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

The VEC provides interactive programs including Passport to Democracy, Why Vote? and Your Opinion Counts.