Ethical capability trail: fairness

90 minutes
Year level
Year: 3–4
25 students

Program changes in 2018

In 2018, this program will be rested due to our exciting Vision 2020 redevelopment project.

For a self-guided philosophy experience like no other, take your students on a journey back in time to when the city of Melbourne was first founded.

The Fairness Trail encourages young learners to consider: was what took place fair? Created in conjunction with the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools, the trail is inspired by Levels 3 and 4 Ethical Capabilities and Levels 3 and 4 History in the Victorian Curriculum.

Student experience

Students will:

  • undertake a history-themed scavenger hunt through State Library Victoria's heritage spaces, including the spectacular La Trobe Reading Room
  • discover historical items from the Library's collection and use them to stimulate conversation about contested concepts of fairness and harm
  • discuss how and why particular events in Victoria's past may been seen as good or bad, right or wrong
  • record their thoughts using words and drawings in an accompanying activity booklet.

Skills development

This program links to the Victorian Curriculum and assists students to:

  • explore the contested meaning of fairness and harm (VCECU004) and practise justifying their views with evidence and ideas (VCHHC083)
  • identify and employ personal values in the decision-making process (VCEU006/008).

Note: for pre- and post-classroom activities, visit the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools website.

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.