History

Years 7 - 8 (Stage 4) 

History

In Years 7 and 8 students study world history from ancient times to the modern world. They acquire knowledge and understanding of archaeology and its contribution to the study of the past. A variety of ancient societies such as Egypt, Greece, India, China and Rome are studied in Year 7 while Year 8 concentrates on medieval times, colonisation and contact history. 

Years 9 - 10 (Stage 5)

History

In Years 9 and 10 students study Australian history and civics and citizenship. Year 9 students study Australia from 1900 to 1945. Year 10 begin with the 1950s and finish with an examination of contemporary issues such as republicanism and heritage.  

Years 11 - 12 (Stage 6) 

The faculty offers the following courses in Years 11-12:

  • Modern History 
  • Ancient History
  • History Extension

Both Ancient and Modern History are offered in the senior school. The Preliminary Ancient History course focuses on archaeology and science and their contribution to the study of ancient societies. Students can choose their own Case Study from a wide selection, for example the Iceman, burial customs in ancient Egypt or the lost city of Atlantis. They also study Greek drama, Ancient Roman society and aspects of either ancient Egypt or ancient Persia. For the HSC course students do a Core study on the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, a personality such as Akhenaten or Xerxes, one historical period from either Egypt or Persia and an ancient society such as the Minoans or the Spartans. 

The Preliminary Modern History course begins with a case study of the assassination of JFK with the emphasis being on the examination of the problems with the evidence. Students then undertake a study of various events in the 19th and 20th centuries such as the Boxer rebellion and the Russian revolution. For the HSC course students study World War I in depth, a 20th century national study – either China or Germany – and a personality related to that country, and the Cold War.

History Extension is offered for study for the HSC year. Students examine the theories behind the writing of history by studying a selection of historians over time – in effect they are studying the history of historians. Students then do a case study on Elizabeth I to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. Finally, they are able to research an aspect of history that particularly interests them and write an essay on it. 

Psychology

This is a 1 unit course offered in Year 11.

This course offers an overview of many areas of Psychology and gives students the opportunity to research a topic of particular interest. The core modules covered in class are:

  • The Origins of Psychology
  • The Physiological Basis of Behaviour 
  • Functional psychology 
  • Abnormal psychology 
  • Forensic psychology

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