Coward Punch -  Philosophies Of Criminal Justice

Coward Punch - Philosophies Of Criminal Justice

Lesson 6 of 6 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Action
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Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will learn about the core philosophies underpinning the Australian justice system, including rates of re-offending. They will consider different viewpoints and develop statements that advocate for the interests of parties involved in criminal matters.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the principles behind retributive and restorative justice
  • understand the concept of recidivism and how it affects the Australian justice system
  • understand the various purposes and functions of sentencing.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • outline factors that contribute to the rates of recidivism in Australia
  • explain the reasons why sentences may be imposed and how these should be balanced in determining an appropriate sentence
  • construct a persuasive argument that advocates for the interests of a particular party in a criminal matter
  • connect theoretical philosophies of justice to the context of the coward punch.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 10 Civics and Citizenship:

  • The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society (ACHCK094)
  • Critically evaluate information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS097)
  • Account for different interpretations and points of view (ACHCS098)
  • Recognise and consider multiple perspectives and ambiguities, and use strategies to negotiate and resolve contentious issues (ACHCS099)
  • Present evidence-based civics and citizenship arguments using subject-specific language (ACHCS101)

Syllabus outcomes: N/A

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: 
Students evaluate a range of factors that sustain democratic societies. When researching, students evaluate a range of questions to investigate Australia’s legal systems and critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance, reliability and omission. They account for and evaluate different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. When planning for action, students take account of multiple perspectives and ambiguities. Students develop and present evidence-based arguments incorporating different points of view on civics issues.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: Civics and Citizenship – Years 7 to 10

Time required: 80 mins class time plus 70 mins flipped learning

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teacher will need to introduce and clarify key concepts and monitor/support group work and presentations

Resources required

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Student devices with internet capability
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding
  • Collaboration

Additional info

These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.

Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.

STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.

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