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Through analysis of the drafting of the Constitution of Australia students will consider what this process, and the final form the constitution took in 1901, reveal about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and freedoms. They will then assess the impact of the changes to the Constitution, brought about by the 1967 Referendum, on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and freedoms both in the short and long term.
Students will investigate the evidence provided by a cuneiform tablet dating from c. 1860 BCE, and look at the place of artefacts such as these in a historical understanding of the emergence of writing, one of the defining characteristics of the ancient civilisation of Sumer.