The Rule of Law Education Program encourages active participation by teaching Australian students about the rule of law.
A society that supports the rule of law is not one composed of uncritical and obedient citizens; rather it is one whose citizens understand and respect just laws, are aware of their function and know how to engage with them constructively and how to challenge them as needed, within the appropriate mechanisms and institutions.
– United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Case studies aim to develop students’ understanding and critical thinking skills in relation to the Australian legal system.
Topic Areas for Education Explainers
The Rule of Law Education Centre writes resources for Australian School students to help understand the rule of law in action.
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h) 2023 Referendum
i) General Jurisdictions and Hierachies
Simple explainers and activities for students
All content provided in this section aims to support teachers in delivering content to students in developing knowledge and understanding of concepts in Australian history and Civics education through the key learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. The below teaching material provides simple explainers for students starting to understand these concepts, including information articles, student activities, study tasks, and ideas for programming and assessment. Resources accommodate all learning styles and ability levels to provide particular focus on differentiation across tasks.
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Advocacy for Curriculum Changes
The Rule of Law Education has provided feedback and submissions on the Australian and New South Wales Curriculums. We believe that democracy and the key principles that underline our system of government such as equality, fairness and justice must be deliberately and intentionally taught to every generation of Australians. Intentionality ensures each generation has sufficient knowledge, understanding, skills and values required to maintain a constitutional, liberal democracy.
Our Rule of Law Wheel states ‘the rule of law must be supported by informed and active citizens.’ As a result our submissions regarding the curriculum consider, from a rule of law perspective, whether Australian students are being equipped with adequate knowledge so can they be active, informed, responsible and engaged citizens and undertake their civic duties to ensure the stability of the Australian community going forward.
A copy of our most recent submissions are: