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Portrait of Australian Society

Civics and citizenship (Years 7 to 10)

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

Civics and citizenship: Years 7 to 10

1 hour
A3 drawing paper and pencils

Spend time with our expert Learning Facilitators and discover our Collection. This program investigates how citizens participate in a diverse and interconnected world, examining keys events and individuals that have contributed to Australia’s evolving identity. Through discussion, drawing, visual analysis and activity students will discover individual’s contributions to society through the visual analysis of portraiture and reflect on their own civic responsibilities. 

Curriculum links

In this program, students will:

  • Examine how Australia is a diverse society, the effects of global connectedness and question the different perspectives on national identity;
  • Discover how Australia’s system of government supports a diverse society and protects individuals, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives;
  • Gain an understanding of the ways political parties, interest groups, media and individuals can influence and enable change while also reflecting on their own values, principles and responsibilities as active citizens;
  • Investigate the purpose of the High Court and Australia’s responsibilities at a global level.

Content Descriptions:

Year 7 ACHCK049; ACHCK052; ACHCS056; ACHCS060
Year 8 ACHCK066; ACHCK067; ACHCS070; ACHCS071; ACHCS074
Year 9 ACHCK076; ACHCK079; ACHCK080; ACHCK081; ACHCS084; ACHCS085; ACHCS089
Year 10 ACHCK090; ACHCK092; ACHCK093; ACHCK094; ACHCS097; ACHCS098; ACHCS102


To make a booking, please go to the bookings page and choose Virtual Excursions from the program list. In 'Special requirements' please state Portrait of Australian Society, Civics and citizenship. For additional information, please contact Alana Sivell, Digital Learning Coordinator or call 6102 7075.

The National Portrait Gallery’s Virtual Excursions project is made possible with funds generously donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

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