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Year 10 Humanities (Students must select at least one unit from Humanities)

World History: Conflict, Protest and Change

Semester Elective Unit


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description

This course reflects the Australian Curriculum and provides a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present. The 20th century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international co-operation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia's development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region, and its global standing.

Essential Questions

  • How did the nature of global conflict change during the Twentieth Century?
  • What were the causes and consequences of World War II? How did these consequences shape the modern world?
  • How was Australian society affected by other significant global events and changes in this period?

Areas of Study

World War II

  • Students investigate wartime experiences through an in-depth study of the build-up to and course of World War II.
  • This includes a study of the causes, events, outcome and broader impact of the conflict as an episode in world history, and the nature of Australia’s involvement.

Rights and Freedoms (1945 – present)

  • Students investigate the struggle for human rights in depth, including how rights and freedoms have been ignored, demanded or achieved in Australia, South Africa and in the broader world context.


Task Description
Research Project Multimedia presentation on significant historical event from 1945 to present.
Comparative Document Analysis Two separate document analyses on international conflict and protest movements of the twentieth century.
Argumentative Essay Argumentative essay on impact and consequences of black consciousness on the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.
Semester Examination Students undertake an examination at the conclusion of the course.