Free resources for teaching and self-education about democracy

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Guide to Democracy encourages Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) students in primary and secondary schools to consider community-based issues important to them. It looks at how students can make positive change in their school or local community and how they, as active and informed citizens, can take part in our democracy. The Curriculum into the Classroom materials include Civics and Citizenship units, where students can access lesson plans and classroom resources. For example, in Years 5 to 6 Unit 2, students have the opportunity to study the key institutions of Australia's democratic government, including state/territory and federal parliaments, and the court system. They learn how state/territory and federal laws are made in a parliamentary system. Students examine Australian citizenship and reflect on the rights and responsibilities that being a citizen entails. They also explore the obligations that people may have as global citizens.