Subject Details - 10 History A

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Curriculum AreaHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Length1 semester
Contact PersonHumanities & Social Sciences Coordinator
DescriptionThe 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.

The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability. These concepts may be investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.

The history content at this year level involves two strands: historical knowledge and understanding, and historical skills. These strands are interrelated and have been developed to be taught in an integrated way, and in ways that are appropriate to specific local contexts. The order and detail in which they are taught are programming decisions.
TopicsThere are three (3) depth studies in this unit. However, as PLP occupies the second semester and students lose this time for History, two depth studies are frequently combined.

Students will study:
1) WWII, including
Overview of the causes and course of World War II (ACDSEH024)
Examination of significant events of World War II, including the Holocaust and use of the atomic bomb
Experiences of Australians during World War II (such as Prisoners of War (POWs), the Battle of Britain, Kokoda,
the Fall of Singapore) (ACDSEH108)
The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of
women and use of wartime government controls (conscription, manpower controls, rationing and censorship)
The significance of World War II to Australia’s international relationships in the twentieth century, with particular
reference to the United Nations, Britain, the USA and Asia (ACDSEH110)
2) The Civil Rights Movement

Depth study
3) Popular culture often hybridised with the Civil Rights Movement, allowing students to explore the impact of popular culture as a protest measure.
Extended writing, including essays and reports
Source analysis
Project Focus
Comparative Analysis
Relationship To Further StudyModern History (Stage I)
Society and Culture (Stage I)
Philosophy (Stage I)
Legal Studies (Stage I)
Women's Studies (Stage I)
Business and Enterprise (Stage I)
Tourism (Stage I)

University courses in International Relations, Politics, Law, History, Anthropology, Education, Journalism, Tourism and Social Sciences.
TAFE courses in Women's Studies, Child Studies, Education, Legal Applications, Journalism, Tourism and Social Sciences.
Special ConditionsNone - Special Needs students will be formally supported