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Formal and informal curriculum

Formal curriculum

Civics and citizenship education links to both the formal and informal school curriculum. The formal curriculum can be found in the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) syllabuses. Copies of syllabuses, guidelines and sourcebook modules can be found on the QSA website External Link.

Prep - Year 9 External Link

The following modules are particularly relevant to civics and citizenship education.

Level 1
Ready, set, go: Rights and responsibilities External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document

Level 2
Read all about it: Participating External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document
Creating tomorrow's world today: Present and future environments
External Link (new window) Adobe PDF documentOur faces: Belonging and identities in Australia External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document
Our places: Local area and global environments External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document

Level 3
Citizens then and now: Beginnings of democracy External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document
It's my turf: Local area study External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document
Everyone can have a say: Local decision making External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document

Level 4
Our rights: Origins of Australian democracy External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document
Active citizens, Australian governments: Australia's democracy External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document
The Federation of Australia: Federation External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document

Level 5
Law and the media: Civics and citizenship External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document

Level 6
Potentials of democracy: Civics and citizenship External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document
Government and citizens: Independent study External Link (new window) Adobe PDF document

The following key concepts have been used to develop the outcomes in the Systems, Resources and Power strand:

Years 10 - 12 External Link

A number of QSA syllabuses for Years 10 - 12 also link to learning about the local environment and local government. For example:

These syllabuses External Link contain objectives, subject matter, understandings, learning experiences and assessment suggestions.

Informal curriculum

Students also learn about civics and citizenship through participation in school and external clubs or organisations - for example, student representative councils, Red Cross External Link, Amnesty International External Link or the Clean Up Australia External Link campaigns. Participation in such groups helps students learn the elements of democracy through participative decision making. It also provides opportunities to use entrepreneurial skills to develop, make and evaluate products or services and to identify opportunities to be active citizens.

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