SOCIAL SCIENCE – HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
Why study Social Science?
Social Science continues as a core subject in Years 9 and 10. Within this subject, students will study Australian
Curriculum History and Geography units. The course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary
to be active and informed critical thinkers and global citizens, allowing them to make sense of the world around
them and to be forces for positive change. Students will develop a sound understanding of the global context
they are operating in, while engaging in learning that will allow them to exercise informed judgement and
responsibility in matters of morality, ethics and social justice.
The course is student-centred and multi-disciplinary, fostering a commitment to lifelong learning and active
What is studied in Social Science?
In Year 9 History, students explore the complex and exciting history of the making of the modern world,
covering the period between 1750 and 1919. They study the causes and impacts of the First World War on
Australian society, and critically examine the importance of Anzac Day to our national story in an historical
inquiry. They also study the changing political and social ideas and attitudes towards women through an
investigation into the Suffragette movement.
In Year 9 Geography, students examine the important relationship between natural ecosystems and food
production, exploring the significant issue of food security in the modern world in a geographical inquiry. They
also study the significance of global economic and trade networks in the production and distribution of popular
technologies and products, and the social, environmental and economic impacts these can have.
In Year 10 History, students study the modern world, spanning
the period from the Second World War to the present day.
Students learn about the causes and course of the Pacific War
through a study of Japanese imperial expansion in the Asia-
Pacific region from 1930 to 1945, with an emphasis on how the
conflict impacted Australia. Following this, students undertake
an investigation of the Cold War period to examine the
relationship between tensions between the USA and the USSR
and the impacts this had on popular culture.
In Year 10 Geography, students explore the economic and geographical basis of human wellbeing in Australia
and Southeast Asia, undertaking a geographical inquiry to explore potential solutions to human wellbeing
issues in the region. Finally, students will undertake a study of an environmental challenge, allowing them to
identify strategies to manage these issues into the future.
The Social Sciences course is designed to relate directly to themes and skills in the Economics and Modern
History courses, with many links also made to the Study of Religion course.