Human Rights Education with the Australian Human Rights Commission

Everyone Has the Right to Be Treated Equally

Magna Carta has had an enduring legacy that has shaped the human rights and freedoms that all Australians enjoy today. In particular, Magna Carta advanced ideas of freedom, justice and the rule of law, principles which have become enshrined in our democracy.

Developed in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the following units explore the rights and freedoms of citizens and how Australians can actively and responsibly participate in their democracy.

These resources are designed to assist students in building a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities, and to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills to apply human rights in everyday life.

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The Story of Our Freedom

Lesson Highlights

Students will consider actions that they can take in their local community to ensure that human rights are enjoyed by all people. Students will explore what human rights are, and research some of the work being done to address human rights issues.

Human Rights in Our Community – Social Action – Years 7 – 10

Civics
In a role play activity, students will gain a deeper understanding of the process of a constitutional referendum. They will learn about making changes to the Australian Constitution.

Constitutional Referendum in Action – Year 7

Civics
Students will conduct research into two groups that struggled for the right to vote in Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and women.

Democratic Dissent

-Year 8

History
Students will engage in a Socratic Seminar to discuss the influence of Charles Perkins on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ struggle for rights and freedoms.

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Freedoms – Year 9

Primary and Secondary Units

Magna Carta has an enduring legacy that has shaped the human rights and freedoms that all Australians enjoy today. Magna Carta advanced ideas of freedom, justice and the rule of law, principles which have become enshrined in our democracy.

Magna Carta – The Story of our freedom – Years 5&6, 9&10

This unit explores key features of the Australian government, and how those systems act to protect the rights and freedoms of all Australians.

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Freedoms – Year 7

This unit explores the rights and freedoms of citizens and how Australians can actively and responsibly participate in their democracy.

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Freedoms – Year 8

This unit explores the significant transformation that the modern world underwent throughout the twentieth century, with a specific focus on the demand for and realisation of rights and freedoms.

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Freedoms – Year 9

Students will consider actions that they can take in their local community to ensure that human rights are enjoyed by all people. Students will explore what human rights are, and research some of the work being done to address human rights issues.

Story of Our Rights and

Freedoms – Year 10

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These resources have been developed in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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