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Year 9 Interdisciplinary Learning

Urban Experience

Common Unit

Unit Description

Carey students live in a highly urbanised society, in a growing and increasingly complex physical, social and cultural structure called a city.

Cities have become increasingly important phenomena in the 20th and 21st centuries — a pattern set to continue well into the current millennium. Yet most of our students actually live in a suburban context, some have little experience in, or exposure to, the city.

Most Carey students will live their lives in or near a major city and for this reason it is important that they have an opportunity to learn about the urban environment. By transferring the centre of their learning from Kew to Melbourne's Central Business District, students experience directly the daily life of Melbourne. They explore the richer and the poorer parts of town, Melbourne's daytime and early morning life, the important structures that keep our city functioning, the work, leisure and pleasures of life in our capital city.

Big cities operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, consequently some of the Urban Experience takes place outside regular school hours and may include an early morning. 

Some of the places students may visit:

  • Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market.
  • Parliament House.
  • The Shrine of Remembrance.
  • Port of Melbourne


During the week, students are expected to complete a number of set activities and daily reflection on these which they submit via CLASSe.