During Year 10 students undertake a variety of disciplines and tasks to fully develop their skills and capabilities. This prepares them for undertaking any of the humanities subjects in Year 11. The emphasis during the first term will be the National History Curriculum, which all students will undertake. The history module covers the road to the Second World War as well as Australia’s involvement in the war in the Pacific.  This will include interesting topics such as Kokoda, the dropping of the Atomic bomb and the Holocaust.  The second unit covered in History is the Civil Rights movement where we examine the fight for these rights in both the USA and Australia.

During the second semester students will be given the option of selecting one of the following topics: Economics, Geography, Politics and Law or Humanities


Economics explores the ways individuals; families, the community, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of scarce resources. The aim of the Year 10 course is to provide students with an introduction to Year 11 ATAR Economics and enable them to understand the process of economic decision-making.

Unit 1:  To Buy or Not To Buy – The World of Markets

From school canteens and second-hand stores to supermarkets and the Australian Stock Exchange, markets bring together people who want to sell goods and services with others who want to buy them. In fact, markets are all over the place! It is the system we use to determine the production and distribution of goods and services.

In this unit we will explore:

  • the way markets are used to manage the economic problem
  • different types of economic systems used around the world
  • enterprising behaviours and capabilities to contribute to the development and prosperity of the economy
  • real-life behaviours in markets as producers of original products for MARKET DAY

Unit 2:  Economics and Society

Economics is not just an individual pursuit for wealth. Economic issues impact on people’s everyday life. It can help you understand how your own livelihood is connected to the larger economic world, and introduce you to the ongoing conversation – among economists, government officials, business leaders, and ordinary citizens – about how to make the world more fair, rich and prosperous for all

In this unit we will explore:

  • the issue of unemployment, including youth unemployment
  • economic growth and living standards
  • the role of the government in the economy
  • global inequality of wealth and living standards


Unit 1: An Unequal World

Mumbai is the most populated city in India with a population estimated at 19 million people.  Like many cities around the world today, there are huge differences between the ways people live compared with others.  The access they have to food and fresh water, the types of housing in which they live and levels of employment vary enormously.

In this unit we will explore:

  • An unequal world: exploring some of the reasons why enormous variations in wellbeing exists in different populations around the world.
  • Inequalities in wellbeing: how natural environments and human activities cause inequality.
  • How we can improve wellbeing and who is working to improve wellbeing.

Unit 2: Environments at Risk

The Earth supports 7 Billion people every day, supplying us with the water, air and food we need to survive. This is done through a multitude of systems- some tiny, others as large as the Earth itself.  Without these systems, life as we know it would not exist.  Despite this, many human activities are threatening these systems through climate change, species extinction, and land and water degradation.

In this unit we will explore:

  • How humans interact and use the environment.
  • How human activities affect the environment: (Loss of biodiversity, Climate change, Pollution OR The real cost of the mobile phone).
  • How people change and manage the land: (Soil degradation & repair, disappearing forests and management etc.).
  • Case Study Investigation: How do people change and manage a chosen environment: (urban area, coastal, marine, or land environment)

Field work and guest speakers will be used as a resource to help facilitate better learning.

Political and Legal Studies

In this course you will build on your understanding of the concepts of democracy, democratic values, justice, and rights and responsibilities by exploring Australia's roles and responsibilities at a global level and its international legal obligations. You will also explore the values and practices that enable a resilient democracy to be sustained.

Government in Our Region

  • Features of Australia’s Government: Elections and Separation of Powers
  • Australia’s relationship with governments in our region: Indonesia and East Timor
  • Film Study: Balibo – The murder of 5 Australian journalists by Indonesians invading East Timor

Australia in the World

  • Foreign Aid, United Nations Peace Keeping Missions
  • The High Court and International Treaties
  • The Law of the Sea: Refugees and Boat Turn Backs

International Law and Us United 'Nations' Peacekeepers

  • International Convention on Racial Discrimination, Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Australia and the Mabo Case

Sustaining a Cohesive Society

  • The Threat of ISIS, Corruption, Organised Crime, Cyber Hackers and Criminals


The study of Humanities will allow students to understand the relevance of Society and Environment in the world today. We will study topics that incorporate the four elements of Society and Environment – Economics, Geography, History as well as Politics and Law. The topics will be engaging; challenging and make students ask the difficult questions.

The reasoning behind this course is to provide an overview of all society and environment courses and to support the development of key skills.

Topics will include:

  • Global topics such as Refugees with a focus on environmental refugees.
  • Ethical consumerism.
  • Did we learn from the Holocaust? Genocides that occurred after the Holocaust.
  • Events that changed the world – for example The Cold War
  • Popular culture – music, fashion, the 1960’s
  • Students will also be given the opportunity to complete a project of their own choosing in relation to Society and Environment.
  • We will aim to establish links with experts across the globe in order to our understanding of important global matters

Who should consider taking this course?

  • Students who are undecided about which Humanities course to take in Year 11
  • Students who wish to discover the relevance of Humanities to the world we live in.
  • Students with an interest in an overview of Humanities – topics chosen will cover the four aspects History, Geography, Economics as well as Politics and Law.



Students will complete a series of assessments including individual and group assessments.

All Humanities courses in Semester 2 will sit an examination towards the end of the course.


If you require further information please see Mr Stenner or a member of Humanities Department in the Humanities office in B Block.


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