Why Study History?

In History, as in our everyday lives, people ask meaningful questions, collect evidence, sift through it, analyse and evaluate it, to produce satisfactory answers to problems of living. These answers provide a context for our own lives and establish a range of values that shape our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.

In Year 10, History focuses on modern events by helping students to identify their social location, their place in time and their heritage within a distinctive culture. In Year 11 and 12 Ancient History, we can understand how the modern world has been influenced by the people and achievements of the distant past. In a study of early peoples and cultures, we can understand the process of change and continuity that have shaped today’s world, their causes and the roles people have played in those processes.

We develop these understandings through processes of critical inquiry, debate and reflection, and through empathetic engagement with the standpoint of others. History is a fascinating area of study, rich in wonderful stories of human endeavour, achievement and disaster. The history of humankind from the very earliest times to modern times is part of everyone’s heritage and the study of history ensures that this heritage is not lost.

Possible Career Options:

  • Archaeologist
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Anthropologist
  • Politician
  • Librarian
  • Teacher
  • Archivist
  • Museum curator
  • Tour guide
  • Public policy development

Course Overview

Year 10

Year 11 & 12 (Rotation A)

Year 11 & 12 (Rotation B)

  • World War Two
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • The struggle for Indigenous rights and freedoms
  • Australian popular culture since 1945
  • Everyday life in Ancient Egypt
  • Kingship in Ancient Persia
  • The Peloponnesian War
  • Individuals who shaped their world
  • Roman Republic and Augustus
  • Gladiators: Entertainers of Ancient Rome
  • Oppressed Groups of the Ancient World
  • Forces of Change: Europe and the Middle Ages
Prerequisites for Continuing Study in Year 11 & 12
  • At least a C in Year 10 English
  • At least a C in Year 10 History