Year 12

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Economics (ATAR)

Economics investigates the choices which all people, groups and societies face as they confront the ongoing problem of satisfying their unlimited wants with limited resources. Economics aims to understand and analyse the allocation, utilisation and distribution of scarce resources that determine our wealth and wellbeing. Economics develops the knowledge, reasoning and interpretation skills that form an important component of understanding individual, business and government behaviour at the local, national, and global levels.

The Economics ATAR course encompasses the key features which characterise an economist’s approach to a contemporary economic event or issue: the ability to simplify the essence of a problem; to collect economic information and data to assist analysis and reasoning; to think critically about the limits of analysis in a social context; and to draw inferences which assist decision-making, the development of public policy and improvement in economic wellbeing.

Unit 3 – Australia and the Global Economy

The unit explores the linkages between economies and the concepts of globalisation, trade liberalisation and protection in relation to the Australian economy. Students examine Australia’s trade, the recording of international transactions and the impact of these transactions on the Australian economy. Students examine the effects of changes in Australia’s economic transactions with the rest of the world using recent (the last ten years) and contemporary (the last three years) economic data, together with economic models.

Unit 4 – Economic Policies and Management

The unit explores how economic policies and actions, such as fiscal policy, monetary policy and microeconomic policy operate in the pursuit of the Australian Government’s economic objectives. Students examine the effects of the operation of policies in Australia using economic models along with recent (the last ten years) and contemporary (the last three years) economic data. Students apply the language, theories, and tools of economics to develop a critical perspective on the role of these policies in the current Australian Government policy mix.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Year 11 Economics ATAR to a C grade.

Modern History (ATAR)

Modern History enhances students’ curiosity and imagination and their appreciation of larger themes, individuals, movements, events, and ideas that have shaped the contemporary world. The themes that run through the units include global conflicts and their resolution; the rise of nationalism and its consequences; the continuing struggle for the recognition of human rights; the transformation of social and economic life; the regional shifts in power; and the changing nature and influence of ideologies.

The Modern History ATAR course enables students to study the forces that have shaped today’s world and provides them with a broader and deeper comprehension of the world in which they live. While the focus is on the 20th century, the course refers to formative changes from the late 18th century onwards and encourages students to make connections with the changing world of the 21st century.

Unit 3 – Russia and the Soviet Union 1914-1945 (World War I to the end of World War II)

This unit allows for a fascinating insight into Russia and the Soviet Union. Significant ideas such as Marxism, Communism and Stalinism are addressed. Events including the February and October Revolutions will highlight the internal divisions and crisis within Russian society. Another factor included in the course is the examination of key historical characters such as Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. The social and cultural impact of communism and methods the regime employed to control them, including mobilisation and propaganda, repression, the Purges, and the Great Terror provide a great insight into Communism.

This is an important, and engaging unit that will challenge your understanding of Modern World History.

Unit 4 – The struggle for peace in the Middle East

This unit gives a deep understanding of the decision to establish the state of Israel and the proceeding consequences for relations between Jews and Arabs.  You will also explore a range of key Arab-Israeli conflicts between 1948-2000, with a focus on the causes and consequences of these events.  During this same period, other conflicts in the Middle East, such as the Lebanese Civil War, the Iran /Iraq War, the Iranian Revolution and the First Gulf War, will be scrutinised as will the numerous attempts by various world leaders to resolve these seemingly never-ending conflicts.  Throughout the period, you will assess the involvement of other world powers such as Britain, The United States and the Soviet Union in these developments.

This important unit provides some of the most relevant political understanding of the world we live in today.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Year 11 Modern History ATAR to a C grade.

Business Management and Enterprise (General)

Unit 3

The focus of this unit is on success in business at a national level. It explores what it takes to be successful beyond the initial start-up stage. You will investigate the features of successful marketing campaigns and report on how businesses succeed and prosper through methods, such as expansion in products, market share or diversification. The unit explores how the marketing plan contributes to the overall business plan.

Unit 4

The focus of this unit is on business growth and the challenges faced by businesses expanding at a national level. The unit explores issues in the business environment, including the importance of intellectual property in protecting business ideas. The unit addresses the significance of employee motivation and the development of a business plan in the overall success of expansion.

Prerequisite:  There are no prerequisites for this course.

Ancient History (General)

The Ancient History General course enables you to study life in early civilisations, based on the interpretation of the physical and written remains of different ancient societies.

The study of ancient civilisations illustrates the development of distinctive features of contemporary societies, for example, social organisation and religion. The course also explores the possible motivations and actions of individuals, and how they shaped the political, social, and cultural landscapes of the ancient world. Students are introduced to the process of reconstructing the past using often fragmentary evidence from a range of written and archaeological sources, and the skills associated with the analysis of historical sources.

Unit 3 – Societies and change

In this unit, you will examine the evolving nature of societies and the various forces for continuity and change that exist. You will also learn that values, beliefs, and traditions are linked to the identity of a society. You will learn that in any period of change there are those individuals and/or groups that support change, but others that oppose it, and that there are different interpretations of the resultant society.

Unit 4 – Confrontation and resolution

In this unit, you will learn that there are internal and external forces that result in confrontation and resolution within societies, and these have consequences for continuity and change. You will assess how power is used, how different groups and individuals respond, and whether there is the potential for greater confrontation or more effective resolution to conflict.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate III Business

This certificate will be delivered over a one year period only and will count towards two unit equivalence towards the students WACE requirements.

Students will gain the essential skills needed to work in an office environment and to be exposed to the various departments that function within an organisation. By studying this Certificate III you will gain skills and knowledge needed to work in various roles in an office environment in any industry. Skills such as:

  • Customer service skills
  • Producing business documents
  • Recordkeeping as well as manual or computerised accounts
  • Essential Work
  • Health and Safety procedures.

The Certificate III in Business prepares you for roles such as: Secretarial, Office Admin and Office Assistant etc.

Prerequisites:  Students choosing to study the Certificate III in Business must have already studied and attained the Certificate II in Business as a Year 11 course.

Auspicing:  Our College has an auspicing arrangement with YMCA training for this qualification, so students will be enrolled with this Registered Training Organisation (RTO). All students will be inducted into RTO requirements at the beginning of the year and will require a USI number before commencing the course.

Cost:  A student choosing to complete this qualification at Prendiville Catholic College will be charged a subject levy which absorbs the delivery costs of completing the qualification from the RTO (Registered Training Organisation). An approximate levy of $150 (Auspice fee) plus course costs per student will be incurred.

Pathways Information: This qualification could lead onto further TAFE study in Certificate IV in Business and Certificate IV in Business Administration.

Graduates will gain the skills and knowledge to undertake entry level administrative roles such as Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Clerical Officer and the skills will be useful if you are working in a Small Business.