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History  -  Conflict and Crisis - 20th Century  

How have conflicts created crises and disasters around the world? How have wars affected populations and how have they altered the course of history? What was Australia’s role in all of this? In Crisis and Conflict (20th Century History), we will focus on the Vietnam War and the Refugee crisis. We examine political ideologies which created dictators, understand the perspectives of refugees, and how Australia’s immigration policies have altered over time and what has affected these policies.

 Topics will include: 

  • Dictators
  • The Vietnam War  
  • Refugee Crisis   
  • Australia's Immigration Policies from 1901 - today
  • Syria Conflict 

Legal Studies  -  Human Rights and the Law

What are our human rights and how are our human rights protected around the world?  We begin this elective with an exploration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also examine how rights are protected and abused around the world.  

Human Rights topics include: 

  • Refugee Rights
  • The Rights of Women and Children
  • The Rights of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People
  • Human Rights Around the World

We then take a closer look at our rights as Australians through a study of our legal system.

Law topics include: 

  • Law making by parliament
  • Criminal and Civil Laws
  • Courts and the Jury System
  • Police Powers and Individual Rights
  • This unit is designed for students interested in gaining a broad knowledge as to how the legal system impacts us and our society. It prepares students for VCE Legal Studies as students will develop skills in analysing legal cases and applying legal principles.

Geography  -  The Global Challenge

In this elective we explore both current and past world phenomena’s from social, historical, economic, environmental, political and technological perspectives. In addition to world issues, potential careers in the area of geography are identified and discussed. We examine a variety of global issues and topics, notably tourism, biomes and child labour. The topic of tourism places a focus on the different types of tourism, including historical, recreational, wilderness and ecotourism. We study modern issues such as tourism, using case studies analysing the situations of Bali and Gallipoli respectively.

‘Biomes’ explores where various environments are scattered around the world, as well as key flora and fauna at each of these locations. Students take on the role of a Travel Agent, and create their own around the world trip visiting the different biomes of the world. Global issues including child labour are discussed, and ways in which we can impact international issues are debated. A variety of global issues such as immigration, a growing population, gender equality and climate change are analysed, with students given their choice of issues to research in further detail.

As future leaders, students learn to question why the world is the way it is, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.

Topics for this subject includes:

  • Tourism
  • Biomes
  • Child Labor
  • Global Issues and Sustainability

Business and Economics  -  The World as a Market Place

Have you ever heard people say money makes the world go around? They’re talking about the economy. Economics is not just money. It is about businesses and how they work. It is how the world links together. It is jobs, how you get them and why people have them. It is food and water, how we get it and where we get it from. It is taxes and allowances. It is shares and the stock market. Economics is part of all aspects of our lives. Students will gain an understanding of the foundations for business, by looking closer at the broader concepts of business and the economy in order to then refine their knowledge for VCE and prepare for life beyond school. Students will have the opportunity to use case studies and work on real examples to understand the world we live in and how we interact with it.

The knowledge gained through this unit will enhance students’ ability to solve complex problems, by exploring the big economic problem – that our world is made up of limited resources and we need to work out how to allocate them. Business is a big part in solving this problem. Sign up and become an informed global citizen. 

Topics that are covered include:

  • Allocation of Resources
  • Supply and Demand
  • The Global Economy and the Local Economy
  • Working and Being Paid
  • Tax and Superannuation