Subjects on offer
In the study of modern history, students explore changes within the world since 1750, examining developments and movements, the ideas that inspired them, and their short and long term consequences on societies, systems and individuals. Students explore the impacts of these developments and movements on people’s ideas, perspectives, circumstances and lives. They investigate ways in which people, groups and institutions challenge political structures, social organisation and economic models to transform societies.
This course helps students to identify Aboriginal achievements while considering past, present, and future cultural survival. Students learn from Aboriginal people through personal contact and secondary sources such as film. The four topics enable students to gain an understanding of the points of view of Aboriginal peoples about their histories, cultures, identities, relationships to the land, and lifestyles.
Students explore Australia's legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. They develop an understanding of the structures of the Australian legal system and how that system responds and contributes to social change while acknowledging tradition. Legal Studies provides insights into law-making, the processes of dispute resolution, and the administration of justice. Students investigate legal perspectives on contemporary issues in society.
Students look at the world from the perspectives of women. They examine the diversity of women's experiences and their relationships to others while promoting an inclusive and just society. Students identify complex and contradictory ideas that exist about femininity and masculinity, and how being a woman or a man may influence an individual's experiences and expectations.
Students develop media literacy and production skills. They research, discuss and analyse media issues, and interact with, and create media products. Students explore the role of media in Australian and global contexts, and how media can exert a significant influence on the way people receive and interpret information about the world, explore their own and other cultures, make economic choices, develop political ideas, and spend their leisure time.
Students develop an understanding of the nature of tourists, tourism, and the tourism industry. They investigate local, national, and global tourism, and explore tourism as a business. Students gain an understanding of the complex economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts of tourism. A student's understanding of the sustainable management of tourism is central to the subject.
Society & Culture
Students explore and analyse the interactions of people, societies, cultures and environments. They learn how social, political, historical, environmental, economic and cultural factors affect different societies; and how people function and communicate in and across cultural groups. Through their study of Society and Culture, students develop the ability to influence their own futures, by developing skills, values and understandings that enable effective participation in contemporary society.
The twentieth century was an important period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world from World War 2 to present looks at global conflict, international cooperation and gives students a context for understanding Australia’s development and Australia’s place within the Asia-Pacific region.