Learning Area: Humanities

AUSVELS Year 10 History – The Modern World and Australia

The AUSVELS History course at Year 10 at Emmaus includes two main areas of study. The first begins with the end of WW1, the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression and continues on to cover Australia’s involvement in WW2.  Our second Depth Study, Rights and Freedoms, looks at the fight for civil rights within Australia and other areas of world.

Areas of Study/ Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Between the Wars and World War 2
Rights and Freedoms 

Historical Skills

  • Use chronological sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places.
  • Use historical words, terms and concepts
  • Create quality questions about the past to inform historical inquiry
  • Identify, evaluate and locate relevant sources, using ICT and other methods
  • Identify the origin, purpose and context of primary and secondary sources
  • Process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument
  • Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources
  • Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past
  • Identify and analyse different historical interpretations (including their own)
  • Develop texts, particularly descriptions and discussions that use evidence from a range of sources that are referenced
  • Select and use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, digital, written)

History Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 10, students refer to key events, the actions of individuals and groups, and beliefs and values to explain patterns of change and continuity over time. They analyse the causes and effects of events and developments and explain their relative importance. They explain the context for people’s actions in the past and evaluate the significance of events and developments from a range of perspectives. Students sequence events and developments within a chronological framework, and identify patterns and trends across different places and periods of time.

When researching, students develop, evaluate and modify questions to frame an historical inquiry. They process, analyse and synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary sources and use it as evidence to answer inquiry questions. Students analyse sources to identify motivations, values and attitudes as well as draw conclusions about the usefulness of these sources, taking into account their origin, purpose, and context.

They develop texts using historical terms and concepts to justify their own interpretations about the past.  They correctly identify and reference sources used as evidence to support their argument.