Rights and responsibilities of individuals


1 1/2 lesson

Syllabus Outcomes:

5.2 analyses the rights and responsibilities of individuals in a range of consumer, financial, business, legal and employment contexts

5.5 evaluates options for solving commercial and legal problems and issues

5.7 researches and assesses commercial and legal information using a variety of sources

Students learn about:

- role and strategies of pressure groups

- rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups in the democratic process

Students Learn to:

– identify key pressure groups and the strategies they use to achieve a goal

– design an appropriate action plan to influence the decision-making process for an important community issue

Indicators of learning – By the end of this lesson students will be able to...

- Identify and describe the aims and methods of at least THREE pressure groups

- List their own rights and responsibilities as Australian citizens

- Create a plan to address a current issue as an active citizen


- Student participation during class discussion

- Students responses to Australian citizenship test

Lesson Plan

5 mins – Introduction

20 mins – Pressure groups activities

15 mins – Text review and activity

15 mins – Group work

10 mins – Citizenship test and discussion

5 mins – Lesson summary

Text Page

Pg 232 - 233

Glossary of Terms:

Define the following in your glossary of terms in the back of your workbook:

- Pressure group


In Australia we enjoy a number of freedoms, but with this comes a number of duties that we must undertake in order to continue enjoying these freedoms. This lesson we will look at the role that pressure groups play in the democratic process and the role of the individual in the democratic process.

Pressure Groups:

Using the internet, research the aims of THREE of the pressure groups from the list below and give a brief outline of recent news articles where your chosen groups are demonstrating their ability to exert power.

1. Australian Medical Association (AMA)external image 2011-05-18-Labor-backbone-hates-carbon-tax-650.jpg

2. Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

3. Australian Consumer Association (ACA)

4. Australian Industry Group (AIG)

5. Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)

6. Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)

Give a brief outline of, and comment on the effectiveness of the following strategies used by pressure groups...

- Protest marches, demonstrations and rallies

- Letter writing campaigns and petitions

- Staged media events and publicity campaigns

- Making recommendations to the government

Current Example: The ACTU in Queensland

The Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual:

Text Review:

Read pages 232 and 233 of the text and create a table showing the rights and responsibilities that people have as Australian citizens.

Group Work:

In pairs examine the illustration on page 233 of the text, choose one of the issues listed and devise an action plan which demonstrates how you can show active citizenship in helping to improve one of these situations. Your plan of action should be a well detailed list of steps that you group will take to address this issue.

Australian Citizenship:

Below is a document containing practice questions for the current Australian citizenship test, after completing this unit test your knowledge of your rights and responsibilities as an Australian citizen.