Humanities 2019

List of Year 10 Humanities Subjects offered in 2019

You must undertake a minimum of one Humanities study (one semester). You may choose to use your "free" elective spot to choose a second Humanities subject.

  • Economics and Business Studies
  • Health and Wealth: A Geographic Perspective
  • The Making of the Modern World: Modern History

After consulting with your course counsellors / year coordinators, you may be allowed to study a Unit 1 & 2 VCE Humanities subject in Year 10. This is a full-year commitment and takes the place of your Humanities and "free" elective slots.


Economics and Business Studies

This elective introduces students to the study of economics and the environment in which businesses operate in Australia. Students consider the key concepts of economics; the study of scarcity, opportunity cost and the factors of production. With this knowledge students learn about how wealth is generated and distributed in different types of economic systems. They study the market economy in detail and make comparisons with the planned economy. Reference is made to Australia’s economic system and contemporary economic issues.

Students learn about different forms of business entities: Sole Trader, Partnerships, Proprietary Limited Companies and Public Companies. This includes the relevant laws concerning businesses and the responsibilities of company directors. To develop financial literacy the students study the significance of savings and investment for individuals and the economy, as well as the skills required to successfully plan and manage personal finances.

Students are introduced to some basic concepts in accounting and the importance of financial record keeping.

Year 10 Business Studies and Economics

Health and Wealth : A Geographic Perspective

Why are some countries poor and others wealthy? In what ways can we measure how ‘developed’ a country is? Does economic development translate to greater wellbeing? What is happening to the Great Barrier Reef? What was the impact of the Black Saturday bushfires on people and the environment? How have introduced species, such as the camel and cane toad, affected natural environments? How should environmental change be managed?

In order to answer these questions and many more, students will conduct investigations and fieldwork in order to understand and evaluate changes to both natural and human environments (such as the livability of Melbourne). With the use of data, students will present reports that identify, analyse, and explain significant spatial distributions and patterns and significant connections within and between places, and identify and evaluate their implications, over time and at different scales.

Students investigate natural environments in Australia and elsewhere, including forests, rivers, coasts and coral. They consider the nature, causes and consequences of change to the selected environments (such as bushfires and coral bleaching), and evaluate efforts to manage these changes. Students will also examine the different concepts and measures of human development, and explore the nature and causes of differences in wellbeing within and between countries (did you know that Bhutan measures ‘Gross National Happiness’?) They investigate and evaluate programs designed to address poverty and wellbeing, drawing on examples from Australia and across the world.

The Making of the Modern World: Modern History

Year 10 Making of the Modern World
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The Making of the Modern World begins with an examination of the causes of the Great War, including the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany. It then examines the Second World War, its impact on Europe, and on Australia’s involvement in the conflict in the Pacific, concluding with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany and Japan. The attempts to establish a lasting peace in Europe, central to which was the formation of the United Nations are also studied.

Against the backdrop of the Cold War, a period of intense rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union, we examine in detail the struggle for human rights, with a particular emphasis on the struggle of African-Americans in the United States to be granted basic civil rights in addition to the ways in which rights and freedoms have been ignored, demanded or achieved by Indigenous Australians.

The course concludes with an examination of the emergence of popular culture, for example, the introduction of television, rock ‘n’ roll and the changing nature of film, music and television from the 1960’s to the present.

VCE Units 1 & 2

After consulting with your course counsellors / year coordinators, you may be allowed to study a Unit 1 & 2 VCE Humanities subject in Year 10. This is a full-year commitment and takes the place of your Humanities and "free" elective slots.

  • Accounting — 1 & 2
  • Economics — 1 & 2
  • Geography — 1 & 2
  • Global Politics — 1 & 2
  • History: Ancient History — 1 & 2
  • History: People and Power / 20th Century — 1 & 2
  • Legal Studies — 1 & 2
  • Philosophy — 1 & 2

Detailed information about these subjects is found on the Humanities VCE Curriculum page.