Year 10 HUMANITIES

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Business and Commerce

In this elective, students link Business and Accounting concepts to their everyday lives, while developing skills and knowledge that will assist them in VCE programs.
This elective is highly recommended for any students considering studying Business Management or Accounting in VCE.

Business Management
Students will learn skills that are applicable to their current lives, such as creating a resume and practising common interview scenarios. Students are provided with a great deal of flexibility, with many opportunities to apply and research business terms and concepts to a business of their choice.
Students will be assessed on their ability to work with their peers to create an innovative product advertisement. This includes an explanation of the price, target markets, and key competitors they will face with their created product.
The knowledge and terminology learned will support VCE Business Management but also are relevant to life outside school.

Business Management topics include:
Innovation Work and Work Futures
Entrepreneurs and ICT in Businesses
Business Decision Making and Reasoning

Accounting:
Students will learn reasons for establishing a business and the importance of using accurate financial information to assess business success or failure.
They will consider the assumptions and qualitative characteristics on which accounting reports are based and explore a range of ethical issues faced by business owners when making decisions, including financial, social and environmental concerns.
The knowledge and terminology learned will suit students who are interested in controlling their personal finances or running their own business, and will also set students up for VCE Accounting.

Accounting topics include:
Reasons for owning a business
Qualities of successful businesses
The role of Accounting in business
Business Ethics

Geography

The Year 10 Geography elective gives students hands-on experience with Geography in the real world.
We explore environmental change and management through a variety of excursions, incursions and fieldwork on the peninsula and beyond.
We also use interactive maps and spatial technologies to discover more about the environments in which we live.

The main topics include:
Environmental Change and Management
Geographies of Human Wellbeing

In the Environmental Change and Management topic, you will get to investigate how our beaches are looked after, by visiting local coastal areas on the peninsula.

In Geographies of Human Wellbeing, you will find out how the happiness of populations is measured, by using digital technology and maps to go on virtual tours around the globe and find out the impact that geography can have on our happiness.

HISTORY

The aim of the Year 10 History elective is to investigate and discuss the impact of significant events on the experiences of different groups of people and explore how this shaped Australian society.
It does this by studying two distinct units:
Rights and Freedoms (1945 – present)
The period after World War II saw another struggle for basic human rights and freedoms by many members of society, both in Australia and around the world. This struggle was defined by the civil rights protests of the 1960s and beyond. In this section of the course, students will investigate several topics relating to this struggle, including:

Significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including Australia’s involvement in the development of the declaration.
Causes of the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965
The significance of several events in changing society such as the 1967 Referendum, Reconciliation and the Mabo decision.
Effectiveness of methods used by civil rights activists to achieve change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the role of one individual or group in the struggle.
Continuity and change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in securing and achieving civil rights and freedoms in Australia.
The Globalising World (Migration Experiences)
The twentieth century has been one of increasing connectedness between people around the world, and a growing ability of events in different parts of the world to influence each other.
In the final section of the course, students investigate how the history of immigration has shaped Australian society.

During this unit, students will explore this by exploring the following topics:

Effects of significant post-World War II events on migration trends and the impact this had on Australian society.
Changes in political and social conditions that resulted in increased migration to Australia. Changing social, cultural, historical, economic, environmental, political and technological conditions that impacted the experiences of migrants and the resulting Australian response.
Changing perspectives of people across the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with reference to different historical interpretations and debates from the period.

LEGAL STUDIES and GLOBAL POLITICS

In the Politics component of the course, students will be provided with a general introduction to the concept and significance of politics, power, authority and legitimacy.

Politics topics include:
The political spectrum: left, right, radical, conservative.
Ideas that shape political systems including liberal democracy, socialism, fascism, authoritarianism and theocracy.
Characteristics of the Australian political system
A case study of a non-democratic, system to compare the ways that political systems operate and to develop a deeper understanding of Australian democracy.

These can include:
North Korea
Cuba
China
Iran
In the Legal Studies component of the course, students will be provided with an introduction into the broad nature of the legal system. Legal Studies Topics include:

The difference between civil and criminal law.
Current issues being discussed in the media, and how citizens can impact changes to the law being made.
The system of voting, including who has the right to vote and how to vote. Australia’s system of Parliament, and the policies and ideologies of different political parties
The Australian Constitution, how it can be changed and its role in our political system.

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