Decision 3sixty°—program outline

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Decision 3sixty°—program outline

Participate in an interactive theatre experience to explore an issue of recurring significance for Australia. Face the challenge of weighing up different perspectives in the community and debate the issue as a Member of Parliament.

Choose one of the following topics: the environment or conscription.

Duration: 60 minutes
Suitable for: Years 8–12
Maximum: 30 students

Learning aims

This program aims to familiarise students with Australia’s democratic principles and processes by:

  • Providing opportunities for students to explore an issue of significance in Australia’s democratic history

  • Encouraging students to think critically about the role of citizens and governments in a democracy

  • Supporting students to rationalise, form and express opinions or ideas about democratic issues

  • Encouraging students to apply lessons from history to their lives as citizens of Australia’s democracy today

  • Providing opportunities for students to build historical empathy with a range of view points

  • Engaging students with people, words and events of the past through archival material, speeches and heritage spaces

  • Help students appreciate MoAD as a fun and dynamic place to learn and OPH as

  • a nationally significant heritage site


  • Use interactive technology, choice, discussion, role-play debate, and the experience of being in key heritage spaces.

  • Provide an interactive experience that engages the senses, imagination and intellect.

  • Use questions to ascertain and develop what students already know.

  • Provide opportunities for all students to participate and engage and share knowledge, ideas and opinions.

Curriculum links

The Australian Curriculum

History (years 7–10)

Historical knowledge and understanding

  • (Year 9) The Making of the Modern World: a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. Overview content includes: the emergence and nature of significant economic, social and political ideas in the period, including nationalism; the extent of European imperial expansion and different responses, including the Asian region.

  • (Year 10)The Modern World and Australia: a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. Overview content includes: the inter-war years between World War I and World War II, including the roaring twenties and the Great Depression; the nature of the Cold War and Australia’s involvement in Cold War and post-Cold War conflicts (Vietnam)

Historical skills

  • Analysis and use of sources: process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument

  • Perspectives and interpretations: identify and describe points of view, attitudes and values; identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past.

Statements of learning for Civics and Citizenship

Year 9 government and law

Students develop an understanding of principles and features of democracy in Australia including the common good, separation of powers, government accountability and parliamentary elections. They understand that the Australian Constitution is the legal framework for Australia’s system of law and government. They explore the role of government in developing policy and formulating legislation. They understand the role of political parties in Australian democracy and explore concepts of power, responsibility and influence in relation to political leaders and elected representatives. They compare Australia’s democracy with other democracies.

Students explore concepts of justice and law including independence of the judiciary, equality before the law, presumption of innocence, the right of appeal and restorative justice. They recognise that there are different types of law such as statute and common law that protect people’s rights. They evaluate the role that international organisations play in protecting human rights

Year 9 citizenship in a democracy

Students engage with and reflect on the rights and responsibilities associated with being a young adult in Australia and consider ways in which people can contribute to the common good. They assess how majority rule is balanced with respect for minorities in the exercise of democratic power and civic decision making. They investigate and participate in ways to prevent and counter acts of racism, prejudice and discrimination. They develop skills in making collective decisions and take opportunities for informed civic action on important issues.

Students understand the regional, global and environmental implications of being a citizen in a democracy. They explore Australia’s relationship with other nations and examine the influence of global events and issues on these relationships. They examine how people’s views on the environment influence government policy and non-government organisations and the ways in which governments attempt to address issues of development and sustainability. They investigate ways in which citizens can influence government and consider opportunities to take civic action on issues, including the environment.

Students explore the ways in which media and information and communication technologies are used by individuals, groups and governments to exert influence, shape opinion and manage controversy. Statements of Learning for Civics and Citizenship

Year 9 historical perspectives

Students explore how and why civic and political rights, government policies and national identity have changed over time in Australia. They develop an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Islander people’s pursuit of citizenship rights and examine the effects of government policies on Australia’s Aboriginal people. They investigate the development of multiculturalism in Australia and evaluate changes in government policies on issues, including immigration. They consider the development of Australian citizenship over time and reasons why people choose to become Australian citizens. They have an understanding of Australia’s development as a self-governing nation from colonisation to the present and the achievement of civil and political rights in Australia. They reflect on the influence of past international events on governments in Australia.

National Civics and Citizenship draft statements

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