After the First World War the republic came out victorious over the constitutional monarchy. Austria was bestowed a democratic constituitonal, many social security laws were passed and women received the right to vote. At the same time the first political conflicts emerged that threatened newfound democracy.
Law and statutes have a significant impact on how we shape our lives. The legal system is not a set of unchanging conditions, but is rather based on the societal consent and is the result of oftentimes controversial social and political process of negotiation.
This current edtion of polis aktuell provides an overview of the Austrian legal system and features especially the constituiton, constitutional law and focuses on the topic of fundamental rights and human rights. More information can be found in the German version here.
The goal of this edition is to offer high school classes a clearer picture of how money in our daily lives relates to economic policy: What are the functions and forms of money? How did the monetary system come into being and which are the new developments in finanancial markets? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a cashless society? What are the caveats of online-shopping?
This edition offers you suggestions, tips and moethods on how to familiarize high school students with this topic.
An essential part of civic education is to help children and young people understand the complex relationships within a social welfare system. This includes questions such as: Which benefits are financed by the state for whom? How are these benefits being financed and how do these benefits relate to one another?
The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools was partner of the EU-project Engage – building together European learning material on education for citizenship, which develops teaching materials for Citizenship Education age eight till twelve.
Take a look at the polis Shop! Here you will find numerous of current teaching materials for elementary school and secondary education on topics like citizenship education, human rights education and others.