Humanities

Overview

Humanities provide a framework for the development of a student’s knowledge and understanding of Australian society, societies in other countries, local and global environments and the interaction of people with the environment.

At Year 10, Humanities develops skills and knowledge acquired in previous years and builds on them with further studies in topic areas that focus on key issues and events. This allows students to improve their ability to make informed observations and identify relationships and changes.


History

The Modern World and Australia
This unit examines the impacts and effects of key periods of Australia’s modern history. Students begin with a study into the short and long-term effects of World War II, followed by an analysis of issues related the rights and freedoms of Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, and culminating in an investigation into the significant contribution of immigration on Australia’s development.


Geography

The Geography curriculum identifies the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change, as integral to the development of geographical understanding. These are high-level ideas or ways of thinking that can be applied across the subject to identify a question, guide an investigation, organise information, suggest an explanation or assist decision–making. They are the key ideas involved in teaching students to think geographically.

In Levels 9 and 10, students consider changes in the characteristics of places and the implications of these. They consider significant spatial distributions and patterns and evaluate their implications, and consider interconnections between and within places and changes resulting from these, over time and at different scales. This further develops their understanding of geographical concepts, including place, space and interconnection.


The World of Business (Business Studies)

In this unit, students will investigate Australia as a trading nation within Asia and the global economy. Students will also identify and explain indicators of economic performance, and use these to examine the performance of Australia’s economy, the nature of innovation and discuss how businesses seek to be competitive in local and global markets. They will also explore how businesses can use enterprising behaviours to improve work and business environments.


LEGAL & POLITICAL STUDIES (CIVICS & CITIZENSHIP)

Civics & Citizenship is organized by three strands: Government and Democracy, Laws and Citizens, and Citizenship, Diversity and Identity.
In this unit of study, students evaluate features of Australia’s political system and compare and evaluate the key features and values of systems of government. An analysis of Australia’s global roles and responsibilities and the way how people can be active and informed citizens will take place in addition to the study of further topics relating to democracy. Students will also focus on Australia’s legal system, creation of laws and the rights and legal obligations of Australian citizens. Australian citizenship and diversity that shapes our identity will also be explored.

Assessment Tasks

Any of the following assessment tasks may be covered in each of the study areas:

  • Class work
  • Homework tasks
  • Essay (Writing) tasks
  • Analytical Exercises/ Visual presentation
  • Oral Presentation
  • Research assignments
  • Unit tests
  • End of semester Exam