Year 7

Year 7 History focuses on four Ancient Civilisations. For one term, students look at aspects of the Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Chinese civilizations. Students compare and contrast the ways people in these civilizations lived. In looking at topics such as government, warfare, social life, religion, and culture students will gain an understanding of how people lived in each civilization and how society within each civilization operated. During this course, students will also start to develop historical skills such as investigation and reporting. Students also evaluate historical sources for meaning, point of view, values and attitudes, and identify some of the strengths and limitations of historical documents.

Year 8

Through an in-depth integrated setting, students develop English and Humanities skills. Students develop these skills focusing on the Viking, Medieval and Renaissance periods. As part of these studies, students look at the novels, ‘The Viking Ships’ and ‘A Company of Fools’. In studying these novels, which are set in Viking and Medieval times, students develop English and History skills in context. The skills focus during these topics is on analysis, application of knowledge and essay writing. Integration is in line with best practice and in focusing on broad questions such understanding the role of power in different historical settings, students aim to achieve and demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of society in a specific time frame.

Middle School

The following History electives are offered to all Middle School students.

Hundreds of Years of Australia

Students will investigate Australian history from the time when Aborigines first migrated to Australia thousands of years ago, to the Australia of today. Within this time frame students will learn about Aboriginal habitation and their life as nomadic travellers. Students will also look at European contact with the Aborigines before and after the arrival of the First Fleet. Students will learn about colonial developments, including the gold rushes, the development of trade unions and Federation.
The impact of major events in 20th and 21st century Australia will be analysed. These major events will include World War One, World War Two, and post WW2 immigration, the development of multiculturalism, the Gulf Wars and the impact of the September 11 terror attacks.

World War One and Two

Within this elective students will look at two of the major conflicts involving Australia and the world in the 20th Century. With both World War One and World War Two, students will look at the events, ideologies and people that impacted on the course of both these conflicts. Students will also look at the ways in which these conflicts impacted on the lives of people living during that time and the continuing impact of these conflicts on the modern world and our own lives.

The Cold War to Terrorism in the 21st Century

(This is a follow-up to the elective “World War One and Two”)
The Cold War to Terrorism in the 21st Century’ will look at the social, cultural and political effects of the Cold War on Australians and the world. This will involve a study of the Vietnam War, as well as its impact on Australian society. Within this elective students will also look at the Americanisation of world politics in the 1980s and 1990s as a lead in to terrorism and its impact on the modern world. Across this entire time frame students will analyse the way that significant events and people impacted on the lives of others and the world we live in today.

VCE History

(Units 1 and 2 (Year 10 only))
Unit One: Conquest and Resistance
Unit One will explore the colonisation of Indochina (Vietnam) by the French and the interaction between these two societies. Students will further investigate the growth of resistance and the creation of a new nation.

Unit Two: People and Power
Unit Two will study the Vietnam War and the discontent and the desire for change from the Vietnamese. It will examine the way the United States and her allies (Australia included) attempted to maintain power and defend their presence in South Vietnam.
More information on the work associated with this subject can be found in the Somerville VCE History Handout.