Core SRP 5.5
Students apply the value of social justice to suggest ways of improving access to democracy in Queensland or other Australian political settings.
Geography SRP 5.4
Students explain ways in which government and economic systems respond to issues related to population and settlement.
Core SRP 6.5
Students apply understandings of social justice and democratic process to suggest ways of improving access to economic and political power.
Geography SRP 6.4
Students identify Aboriginal and/or other community approaches to environmental management and investigate ways in which values are incorporated in government policy.
Access to power
principles of social justice
(refer to SOSE syllabus)
access to democracy in Queensland or other Australian political settings
varying sizes of Queensland and Australian electorates
distance from centre of power in capital cities
political boundaries and relation to population characteristics e.g. age, ethnicity, gender, etc, or others such as natural boundaries e.g. catchments
access to various media across Queensland and Australia
social justice implies assisting/acknowledging
marginalised/minority groups e.g. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, rural/urban
dispossessed/homeless e.g. ethnic groups/others
government and economic systems
level of government
population and settlement
inner city gentrification/decline
marginalised groups/privileged groups and their distribution in particular areas/suburbs
rural decline (in some areas)
increase in disparity between rich and poor – urban and rural
migration within and beyond national boundaries.
of interest groups e.g. consumers, shareholders, workers, global businesses
of majority/minority groups
related to geographical location and socio-economic status
related to ethical position
related to membership of influential organisation
influence of education
isolation through distance, inadequate infrastructure, etc.
Aboriginal/other community approaches to environmental management
the land is the mother of the Aboriginal people and must be accorded an appropriate level of respect. Consequently, management practices are minimally intrusive
other communities have different values from traditional western approaches to the value of land and many indigenous populations throughout the world have a similar relationship with the land to that of the Australian aborigines e.g. Inuit of Canada and Alaska, natives of South American countries.
how values are incorporated in government policy
meetings – to gauge public opinion
special government committees – to develop strategies to address particular concerns
lobbying by special interest groups.
formal arbitration processes which demand the valuing of previously ignored ideas/individuals
apply the value of social justice to make suggestions
discuss the social justice implications for equitable access to decision making processes using student produced maps showing electoral, media and population distributions and suggest how it may be improved
determine which geographic regions contain significant populations alienated from the democratic process and which centres need targeting by governments to increase participation in social/economic/political arenas
study the population and/or settlement patterns of an area and outline how a level of government has responded to improve or aggravate the current situation
apply understandings to suggest ways of improving access
share information collected on claims of a minority group e.g. Torres Strait Islanders, Palestinians, West Irianese and devise a plan for improved access to economic and political power e.g. making contact with the group (via email), writing to the governments /organizations, making others aware of the issue
identify approaches and investigate values
brainstorm controversial environmental issues during the past decade or at present
deliver an oral presentation outlining how different value positions gain the ascendency, at different times. Trace the history of particular viewpoints by particular groups and determine the impact of such groups on government policy, over time