Humanities in Years 7 to 10

Updated July 2015

Year 7

Year 7 Humanities focused on Civics and Citizenship, Economics and History this semester. In Civics and Citizenship the main focus was helping the students develop into good citizens. In the second topic studied for this part of the subject, students examined economics including money and how it is used in daily life. These topics aimed at developing students’ knowledge and understanding of life and how economics works, preparing them for the world of work and what it means to be an active citizen. The third area studied in Humanities was History. In this area the students studied historians, archaeologists, the ancient past and ancient Egypt. The content in these topics provided opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability.

Year 8

Year 8 Humanities focused on Civics and Citizenship, Economics and History this semester. In Civics and Citizenship the main focus were the rights, responsibilities and opportunities that arise for businesses, consumers and government. Economics was the second topic. In Economics students developed their understanding of economics and business concepts, as they explored markets including traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander markets, work in Australia, the participants in the market system and influence on market operations. The third topic studied in Humanities was History. For this area the students studied our changing world (History). The content covered in these topics provided opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability.

Year 9

In Year 9 Humanities, students undertook studies of history. In history, students investigated the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. This period of history was when large changes occurred in the industrialisation of countries and rapid changes in the ways people lived, worked and thought. During the study of this period, the students concentrated on investigating this time of nationalism and imperialism, and the Federation of Australia. This part of Humanities then culminated in the study of World War I (1914-1918).

Year 10

In Year 10 Humanities, students undertook 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 provided a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region, and its global standing. The first topic studied in history was World War II. Rights and Freedoms was the second topic covered in history, in which the focus was on how the rights and freedoms of Indigenous Australians and others have been ignored, demanded or achieved in Australia and throughout the world.