.I am proud to acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung Community as the traditional custodians of the land on which, Eaglehawk Secondary College is located and extend my respect to their Elders, both past and present and future.
BIG IDEA QUESTION: HOW ARE PREJUDICIAL IDEAS AND BIASES CREATED AND HOW DO WE OVERCOME THEM?
This unit is aimed at encouraging students to ethically explore the prejudicial attitudes within our society. They will explore the history of prejudice experienced by Aboriginal Australians from the time of European settlement. The unit will use thinking skills activities aimed at revealing to students their own prejudicial and stereotypical views in order to introduce the concepts. Students will be introduced to the ideas of the unit by first exploring the stereotyping of different genders and of teenagers so that they can appreciate how it feels to be labelled. The aim is to enable them to empathise with other groups that are stereotyped and to challenge their thinking on this issue.
Final Quarter - Adam Goodes
Activities in the study guide provide opportunities for us to: • form responsible and informed attitudes to the rights of Aboriginal peoples; • develop empathy with Aboriginal peoples’ experiences and views • develop a heightened understanding and appreciation of the concept of a just society for all Australians; • acknowledge the importance of redressing discriminatory practices, racism and injustice; • understand the importance of, and take an active role in, the process of reconciliation.
Activities in the study guide provide opportunities for us to: • consider our engagement with civic life as an active and informed citizen; • examine how values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and equity and a ‘fair go’, can promote social and cultural cohesion within Australian society; • analyse the influence of a range of media in shaping identities and attitudes to diversity; • debate the challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient and cohesive society.
We will: Share our responses to the story told by the documentary; • identify and discuss key aspects of the documentary series; • comprehend, appreciate and analyse the way in which the documentary series is constructed and may be interpreted; • construct spoken, written and multi-modal responses to the documentary series. We will gain a deeper understanding of how participation in sport can influence an individual’s sense of identity and belonging; • analyse the implications of attitudes and behaviours such as prejudice, discrimination and harassment on individuals and communities; • investigate how the balance of power influences the nature of relationships and consider the actions that can be taken when a relationship is not respectful; • investigate appropriate bystander behaviour when confronted with racist behaviour.
SYNOPSIS OF THE DOCUMENTARY
ADAM GOODES WAS A CHAMPION AFL FOOTBALLER AND INDIGENOUS LEADER. IN THE FINAL THREE YEARS OF HIS PLAYING CAREER HE BECAME A LIGHTNING ROD FOR A HEATED PUBLIC DEBATE AND WIDESPREAD MEDIA COMMENTARY THAT DIVIDED THE NATION. HE PUBLICLY CALLED OUT RACISM, WAS NAMED AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR, WAS ACCUSED OF STAGING FOR FREE KICKS, AND PERFORMED AN ON-FIELD WAR DANCE CELEBRATION. THE CHEERS BECAME BOOS AS FOOTBALL CROWDS TURNED ON HIM. USING ONLY ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE AIRED AT THE TIME, THE FILM HOLDS A MIRROR TO AUSTRALIA AND IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECONSIDER WHAT HAPPENED ON AND OFF THE FOOTBALL FIELD.