Stage 5 - HSIE

Year 9 - History

Course Description

The study of history provides opportunities for students to engage in activities and experiences. Historical research and communication processes include Information Communication Technologies (ICT) such as evaluating internet and web-based sources and using technologies for historical research.


The study of history strengthens understandings of civics and citizenship. Students gain an understanding of the historical experiences of different cultural groups within society and of how various groups have struggled for citizen’s rights. History encourages students to critically analyse the structures and processes of government and their impact on people in different historical contexts.


History Mandatory Stage 5 has been designed to provide students with an understanding of Australian history and civics and citizenship. Students will also develop the skills required for the effective study of History.

Course Structure

  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Depth Study 1: Making a Better World?
    ONE of the following to be studied:
    The Industrial Revolution OR Movement of peoples OR
    Progressive ideas and movements
  • Depth Study 2: Australia and Asia
    ONE of the following to be studied:
    Making a nation OR Asia and the world
  • Depth Study 3: Australians at War
    World Wars I and II
  • The Modern World and Australia
  • Depth Study 4: Rights and Freedoms
    (1945–present)
  • Depth Study 5: The Globalising World
    ONE of the following to be studied:
    Popular culture OR The environment movement OR Migration experiences
  • Depth Study 6: School-developed topic

Assessment Summary

Teachers of History provide students with opportunities in the context of everyday classroom activities, as well as planned assessment events, to demonstrate their learning.

Year 10 - Geography

Course Description

The study of Geography develops a wide range of skills such as gathering, organising and evaluating geographical information from a variety of sources, including fieldwork. Through the spatial dimension, geography enables students to identify and analyse the physical, social, economic, political, legal and
technological factors that influence where things are and why they are there. The ecological dimension requires students to identify and analyse the ways humans interact with environments and in so doing develops students’ skills in evaluating arguments and problem-solving. Culture is a key determinant of people’s lives and worldview and through the study of Geography students develop knowledge and
understanding of different cultures and develop perspectives that enhance their understanding of the world.


The study of Geography enables students to critically assess the ideas and opinions of others and to form and express their own ideas and arguments. In so doing it forms a basis for active participation in community life, ecological sustainability, creating a just society, promoting intercultural understanding and lifelong learning. Through the study of civics and citizenship students develop knowledge of the decision-making processes that exist at a variety of scales, which informs them of ways they can participate as responsible and informed members of society.

Course Structure

  • Investigating Australia’s Physical Environments
  • Changing Australian Communities
  • Issues in Australian Environments
  • Australia in Its Regional and Global Contexts
  • Sustainable Biomes
  • Changing Places
  • Environmental change and Management
  • Human Wellbeing

Assessment Summary

Teachers of Geography will provide students with opportunities in the context of everyday classroom activities, as well as planned assessment events, to demonstrate their learning. Assessments will take a variety of forms including: written, oral, practical, site study, ICT and investigative research.