Camden Haven High School

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Students desribe the nature of history and archaeology, and explain their contribution to an understanding of the past. They describe major periods of historical time and sequence events, people and societies of the past. Students recognise and explain patterns of change and continuity over time and explain the causes and consequences of events and developments. They describe and assess the motives and actions of people in the past. Students sequence events and developments within a chronological framework with reference to periods of time. They select and organise information from primary and secondary sources and use it as evidence to answer inquiry questions.

Students develop texts to present their findings, using historical terms and concepts, in appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms. They also undertake a relevant site study either by visiting the site or through a virtual source.

In years 7-10 History is a mandatory subject. The program offers a deep study of various topics and areas. The topic areas by year group are:

Year 7

1. Investigating the Ancient Past

2. The Mediterranean World - Egypt

3. The Asian World - China

Year 8

4. The Western and Islamic World - Medieval World

5. The Asia-Pacific World - Japan under the Shoguns

6. Expanding Contacts - Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History

Year 9

1. Australia and Asia - Making a Nation

2. Australians at War - World War 1 and 2

Year 10

3. Rights and Freedoms (1945 - present)

4. Australia and the Vietnam War

Years 11 and 12

In senior school, students are offered a variety of subjects in the History Faculty. These can include Modern History and Ancient History.

Modern History

The study of Modern History investigates the forces that have shaped the Modern World based on the analysis and interpretation of sources. Students explore historical people, ideas, movements, events, and developments using their skills to explain historical problems by interpreting and analysing sources for evidence and developing reasoned and evidence based arguments.

The year 11 Course consists of

  • The investigation of historic sites and sources
  • The contestability of the past
  • World War I
  • Case Study - Making contact with the Pacific or Cuban Revolution
  • Case Study - The decline and fall of the Romanovs or the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

The year 12 course contains 

  • Core Study - Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919-1946
  • National Study - Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-41
  • Peace and Conflict Study - Conflict in the Indochina 1954-79
  • Change in the Modern World, The Nuclear Age or Civil rights in the USA

Ancient History

Ancient History is the study of ancient societies, events, personalities and how they lived. 

The year 11 course develops knowledge of how historians and archaeologists use evidence to make assumptions on different time periods and personalities. The course centres on archaeological methods, case studies and the study of ancient societies. The year 12 course contains a core study on well-known ancient societies.

Topics Studied

Year 11 Course

  • Persepolis
  • Thera
  • Treatment and display of human remains
  • The investigation of ancient sites and sources
  • Rome - Art and architechture
  • Egypt - Death and funerary customs

Year 12 Course

  • Cities of Vesuvius - Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Greek World 500-440BC
  • Xerxes
  • Spartan Society