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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. Human Society and Its Environment
  3. Foundation Statement
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Human Society and Its Environment – Stage 3 Foundation Statement

Change and Continuity
Students explore the principles of Australian democracy and explain its development over time. They investigate significant events in Australia's past and explain the implications for the development of Australian identity, heritage and cultural diversity. They locate information from a variety of primary and secondary sources, presenting their findings in a range of ways.
Activities: Information report on a nation in the Asia-Pacific region, What are democratic rights?
Students explain how shared culture, heritage and language, including those of Aboriginal peoples, contribute to Australian and community identity. They explore cultural diversity by examining how cultures change through interactions with other cultures and the environment.
Activities: Information report on a nation in the Asia-Pacific region
Students analyse Australian and global environments, identifying environmental issues and problems and they explore ways in which individuals and groups can contribute to solutions for these. They investigate human interactions with environments and recognise ecologically sustainable development. Students recognise various beliefs and practices and explain how these influence interactions with environments. They sketch, label and use maps, applying appropriate conventions and terminology.
Activities: Human interaction with the Antarctic
Social Systems and Structures
Students identify Australia's social and economic connection to the world and the rights and responsibilities of Australian and global citizens. They examine decision-making processes at state and federal levels and explain the structures, roles and responsibilities of government. They examine changes in work practices and the rights and responsibilities of producers and users of goods and services. Students apply knowledge of participatory democracy to formulate plans and create possible solutions illustrating fairness and social justice for school, local, national and global problems.
Activities: What are democratic rights?
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