Year 10 Humanities

The study of the Humanities at Year 10 includes, Humanities A: Geography and Civics, Humanities B: History and Economics and Work Education.

Course Description Humanities A:

In Geography, students examine environmental change and management through an in-depth study of a specific environment. They begin with an overview of the environmental functions that support all life, the major challenges to sustainability and worldwide views on environmental management. Geographies of Human Wellbeing focuses on investigating global, national and local differences in Human Wellbeing. Students examine the different concepts and measures of Human Wellbeing and the reasons for global variations. In Civics, students develop their understanding of rights and liberties, how Australia’s democracy operates and enables change, as well as the role and functions of the court system and various decision making processes. Civics provides students with the opportunity to understand Australia’s role and responsibilities at a global level and its international legal obligations. They also learn about the values and practices that enable a civil society to be maintained.

In addition, Humanities allows students to explore future pathways of TAFE and university. They will undergo preparation for Work Experience at the end of Term 2, by completing two nationally recognised Safe at Work Certificates in Occupational Health and Safety.

Areas of Study:

Geography

  • Threatened Environments and Endangered Native Species
  • Geographies of Human Wellbeing

Civics

  • Rights and Liberties – Democracy in Australia
  • Operation and Function of the Legal System – The Victorian Courts
  • International Legal Obligations – Refugees and a Civil Society

Course Description Humanities B:

History examines the nature of global conflict during the Twentieth Century into the current era. This includes a focus on Germany’s path to war in the 1930s and the Holocaust. In the ‘Pacific Theatre’, students examine Japanese nationalist expansion, threats posed to Australia and the use of atomic weapons. Students will compete in an interschool essay competition on the Kokoda Campaign, called the Harry Bould Award. Students will then examine the ‘Cold War World’ of the atomic age, the Vietnam War, the Protest Movement of the 1960s, the fall of Communism and contemporary wars in the Middle East.

Economics  investigates positive and negative influences of globalisation and the continuing issues of rich and poor faced by the world’s people. Students also study the impact of transnational companies in Australia and our import and export markets, trade agreements and measures of Human Wellbeing. They will complete a case study on the economics of war. Finally students will be introduced to the world of business and the operation of small businesses in Australia and introductory book-keeping.

In addition, Humanities allows students to explore future pathways of TAFE and university. They will undergo preparation for Work Experience at the end of Term 2, by completing two nationally recognised Safe at Work Certificates in Occupational Health and Safety.

Areas of Study:

History:

  • Modern World – 1919 to 1939 – Treaty of Versailles to the Rise of Nazism
  • World War II – 1939 to 1945 – War in Europe, the Holocaust, Kokoda
  • Post War World 1945 to present – The Cold War, Vietnam, Rights and Freedoms,

Economics:

  • Macro Economics – Growth, Unemployment and Inflation, Economics of Wellbeing, Imports/ Exports, War
  • Micro Economics – Managing a Small Business and Introductory Book-keeping

Course Description Enhancement Class (VCE):

  • Careers, Work Experience Preparation and Safe at Work
  • The Globalizing World, Trade Agreements, Imports and Exports
  • Managing a Business and Introductory Book-keeping
  • Threatened Environments and Invasive Species
  • Geographies and Economics of Human Wellbeing
  • The Great Depression – Causes and Consequences
  • Modernism – Nazism, Fascism, Socialism and Communism
  • World War II, the Holocaust, Kokoda
  • Cold War World, Vietnam, Post 9/11, Wars of the 21st Century

Course Description VET Class:

  • Careers, Work Experience Preparation and Safe at Work
  • The Globalizing World
  • Managing a Business
  • Threatened Environments and Climate Change
  • Geography of Human Wellbeing
  • The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
  • World War II, the Holocaust, Kokoda
  • Cold War, Vietnam and Peace Movements

Humanities A and B Work Education:

  • Skills, Abilities, Personal Traits, Goal Setting
  • Careers Investigation, Job Applications, TAFES and Universities
  • Work Experience Preparation and Safe at Work