CIVICS AND CITIZENSHIP

The Civics and Citizenship course continues the exploration of the institutions, function and values that are central to Australia’s democracy and justice system. Opportunities are provided for students to make comparisons with other nations, particularly the Asian region. The course content includes the key features of Australia’s system of government, Australia’s roles and responsibilities at a global level such as participation in the United Nations, and the role of the High Court. In addition, students will examine the international agreements Australia has ratified and examples of how they shape government policies and laws. Inquiries into the threats to Australia’s democracy, such as corruption and lawlessness, will introduce to students the safeguards that protect Australia’s democratic system so that it fosters a sustainable and resilient democracy. The course aims to provide students with an insight into the Politics and Law ATAR course on offer in Year 11.

Unit Focus: Justice at home and overseas

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

The Economics course introduces students to the concept of economic performance and living standards while continuing to further their understanding of the concepts of choice, interdependence, specialisation and allocation of resources in the market. Students will be provided opportunities to learn how to analyse and interpret economic data, specifically indicators of economic performance such as unemployment trends, inflation rates and Gross Domestic Product. The links between economic performance and living standards are established as students inquire into the variations that exist within and between economies around the world. Issues such as distribution of income and wealth, and poverty promotes the investigation into the role of governments in managing the economic performance to improve Australian living standards. In addition, students will inquire into the ways businesses can manage their workforces to improve productivity. The course aims to provide students with an insight into the Economics ATAR course on offer in Year 11.

Unit Focus: Economic performance and living standards

GEOGRAPHY

The Geography course allows for students to further develop the concepts of sustainability and change as a way of thinking, through an applied focus on the management of environmental resources. Students examine the interconnection between the spheres of the earth and inquire into the human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability such as climate change and pollution. The course provides for students to investigate their local coastal environment which culminates in a fieldtrip excursion to Ocean Reef Marina where students can observe and record evidence of natural erosional and depositional processes, as well as the impact of human activity. The geography of human wellbeing from the local to the global level is studied which includes the different ways of measuring wellbeing, the issues affecting the development of places and the role of government initiatives to improve the wellbeing of people around the world. The course aims to provide students with an insight into the Geography ATAR course on offer in Year 11.

Unit Focus: Environmental change and management
Geographies of human wellbeing

HISTORY

The History course provides opportunities for students to consider the more abstract concepts of evidence and contestability as they examine the modern world from 1918 to the present. The inter-war years between World War I and World War II allow for students to further develop their understanding of the historical concepts of continuity and change, and cause and effect. The Australian experience in war and how it shaped the nation continues to be a focus as students study World War II, in particular Kokoda, prisoners of war, impact on the homefront, and significant historical events of the Holocaust and the use of the atomic bomb. The second depth study of the course investigates the origins and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the struggle for civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The course aims to provide students with an insight into the Modern History ATAR course on offer in Year 11.

Depth Study 1: Investigating World War II (1939-1945)

Depth Study 2: Investigating rights and freedoms (1945-present)