Year 10 - Conflict & Culture



In this subject you will investigate turning points in Australia’s history and how these events, people and ideas have shaped Australian society. You will consider how varied ideas, events and cultural influences like Astro Boy, The Avengers, Bollywood and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour helped to develop Australian culture.


The study of History creates an amazing opportunity for you to pause and reflect on why we are the way we are and how we could be.  Films, animation, music and television are all valuable resources to help you discover our past.  From the conflict of the Pacific War and the battle along the Kokoda Track to anime, manga and the Indian film industry, you will gain an understanding of some of Australia’s social and cultural influences. Your skills in historical inquiry will be developed as you explore a range of sources such as first hand accounts, artefacts, stories, literature and oral histories as well as other secondary sources.


The course will look at major areas of your national history:


World War II, which may include:


  • the Kokoda Track
  • Australia’s alliance with the USA
  • Japanese attacks on Sydney and Darwin

Popular Culture, which may include:


  • Animation and Anime
  • Bollywood and the Australian film industry
  • Social commentary through film, television and music

The curriculum is built around the Victorian Curriculum

  • Geography:  Geographical Concepts and Skills; Geographical Knowledge
  • History:  Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical Knowledge





  • What is Australian society?
  • What factors have shaped Australian identity?
  • Have we learned from our experiences in the past?
  • What is the future for Australia?




You will be expected to complete a broad range of activities, including:  individual research tasks, oral presentations, posters, tests, group work and multi-media presentations.  You will complete three common reportable learning tasks across the semester.




You will need to bring the following materials to every class:


  • a device to access the world wide web, Compass and to use selected Apps
  • ring binder with loose leaf paper or an exercise book for note taking
  • plastic pockets to store handouts and submit work
  • pens, pencils and other stationery

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