HUMANITIES – Subject Type: Core; Full Year

The Modern World and Australia

The Year 10 curriculum provides a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context.


The twentieth century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international cooperation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development, its place within the Asia Pacific region, and its global standing. Topics include:

· World War II (193945)

· Rights and freedoms (1945 – the present)

· Popular culture (1945 – present) or Migration experiences (1945 – present) or The environment movement (1960s – present)



There are two units of study in the year 10 curriculum for Geography: Environmental change and management and Geographies of human wellbeing.

· Environmental change and management: This unit focuses on investigating environmental geography through an in-depth study of a specific environment. Students investigate a specific type of environment and environmental change in Australia and one other country. They apply human-environment systems thinking to understand the causes and consequences of the change and geographical concepts and methods to evaluate and select strategies to maintain the change.

· Geographies of Interconnections: This unit examines the interconnections between people and places through the products people buy and the effects of their production on the places that make them. These distinctive aspects of interconnection are investigated using studies drawn from Australia and across the world.

Pathways – Stage 1 Global Studies; Stage 1 Historical Studies; Stage 1 Aboriginal Studies