Year 9 Humanities Electives

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History - WORLD AT WAR

The Year 9 History elective aims to investigate and discuss the major events of the twentieth century.

The subject seeks to place Australia and Australian experiences in a global context with specific reference to the events and impacts of both World War I and World War II. We will do this by focusing on the following topics:
Significant events, turning points, and the nature of warfare during the conflict.

The causes of international conflicts and the reasons why Australia took up arms.
The effects of the war, with particular emphasis on the changes and continuity brought to the Australian home front and society.

The reasons why Australians enlisted to join the war, significant places they fought, and detailed study of their perspectives and experiences.
The national and international consequences of war. Different historical interpretations and contested debates about our involvement in and the significance of international events.

Legal Studies - Human Rights and the Law

In this Civics and Legal Studies, students examine how rights are abused and protected around the world.

By analysing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students analyse past and current situations surrounding Human Rights around the world.

This unit is designed for students interested in gaining a broad knowledge as to how the global and local legal systems impact us and our society.
It prepares students for VCE Legal Studies and Global Politics, as students will develop skills in analysing cases and applying legal principles.

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

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

Law topics include:
Law making by parliament
Courts and the Jury System
Police Powers and Individual Rights

Geography - The Global Challenge

In Year 9, Geography students study the most current human and environmental issues facing the world today.

This includes climate change, pollution, habitat loss and population growth.

The main topics include: Biomes Food Security Interconnections In this subject, students will go on a field trip to learn about the characteristics and processes of natural environments and discover the positive and negative ways that humans can impact them.

Students also investigate the ways all countries and environments are connected, by looking at how resources are shared around the globe.

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE

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
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