Power to the People

Level: Year 10

Topic: Power to the People

In this unit students will explore the impact that people in positions of power can have on the rights and freedoms of others. They will examine the rights and freedoms people have in a democratic society, and then analyse issues and decisions in Australia where these rights and freedoms have been tested. They will identify the values and attitudes underpinning these decisions, and the different perspectives of the various stakeholders. They will consider the short and long term effects on various groups.


Students will examine the events and personal stories of stolen generations in depth, using a process to analyse the impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the wider community. They will then follow the same process to analyse another issue in Australia’s democratic history.