Audience: Years 10-12
Submitted by: Beck Pendlebury
Resource description: This publicly available series from SBS addresses prejudice and stereotypes. It challenges students to think more deeply about their own assumptions and to question and reflect on their world-view.
Six Australians from different parts of Australia and a range of ages and backgrounds, who are willing to share their views about refugees and asylum seekers, are sent on the journey of an asylum seeker. They visit the Villawood Detention Centre, live with refugee families and finally embark on a journey to experience first-hand and witness the situations that asylum seekers are fleeing.
Warning: This TV series is very confronting and students will need teacher support to deal with the issues it encompasses and the questions it raises.
The SBS site also contains an excellent range of interactive classroom resources and a teacher's pack.
Below is a sample booklet to use with students - teachers can amend/extend it to suit their own contexts.
1. Students create mindmaps to explore their initial thoughts and understandings about the refugee situation and experience.
2. After viewing each episode:
- students discuss their ideas as a class so they are able to explain their ideas to others and have disagreements about ideas, using accountable talk protocols
- use the Question Cards to critically analyse the values, understandings and meanings explored
- students record their responses and their evolving understandings in an intercultural learning journal.
3. Students participate in a gold fish bowl activity (see Teaching strategies). Sample question: Should Australia have a 'Stop The Boats' policy?
Note: It's important that classroom discussions are held within an environment of trust and respect. Tips for difficult classroom discussions can be found on the University of Queensland's website.