Secondary Curriculum

Cross-Curriculum Priorities – Years 9 and 10

Discover the Spirit of Tasmania and Western Civilisation combines these 3 cross-curriculum priorities together into a wider ethical framework to provide a coherent narrative of the Australian ethos.

These priorities are also included in a critical analysis of Australia’s Judeo/Christian cultural heritage, as recommended in the current Australian Curriculum review.


Year 9 History

  • Making of the Modern World
  • Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Making a better world?

Progressive ideas and movements (1750 – 1918)

See Contents: Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The emergence and nature of key ideas in the period, with a particular focus on ONE of the following: capitalism, socialism, egalitarianism, nationalism, imperialism, Darwinism, Chartism (ACDSEH019)

The reasons why ONE key idea emerged and/or developed a following, such as the influence of the Industrial Revolution on socialism (ACDSEH086)

The role of an individual or group in the promotion of ONE of these key ideas, and the responses to it from, for example, workers, entrepreneurs, land owners, religious groups (ACDSEH087)

The short and long-term impacts of ONE of these ideas on Australia and the world (ACDSEH088)

Movement of peoples (1750 – 1901)

See Contents: Chapters: 4, 5, 8, 13

The influence of the Industrial Revolution on the movement of peoples throughout the world, including the transatlantic slave trade and convict transportation (ACDSEH018)

The experiences of slaves, convicts and free settlers upon departure, their journey abroad, and their reactions on arrival, including the Australian experience (ACDSEH083)   (Half of all Australian convicts in Tasmania and the Irish)

Changes in the way of life of a group(s) of people who moved to Australia in this period, such as free settlers on the frontier in Australia (ACDSEH084)  (Convicts, 70% of Tasmanians and Irish)

The short and long-term impacts of the movement of peoples during this period (ACDSEH085) (Convicts and Irish)

Australia and Asia

Making a nation

See Contents: Chapters: 6, 8

The extension of settlement, including the effects of contact (intended and unintended) between European settlers in Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (ACDSEH020)


Year 10 History

The Modern World and Australia

See Contents: Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 24)

Rights and freedoms

Rights and freedoms (1945 – the present)

Students investigate struggles for human rights in depth. This will include how rights and freedoms have been ignored, demanded or achieved in Australia and in the broader world context.

The origins and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including Australia’s involvement in the development of the declaration (ACDSEH023)

describing the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the contribution of Australia’s H.V. Evatt

The continuing nature of efforts to secure civil rights and freedoms in Australia and throughout the world, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) (ACDSEH143)

The Globalising World

Popular culture (1945 – present)

Continuity and change in beliefs and values that have influenced the Australian way of life (ACDSEH149)

– describing significant examples of continuity and change in beliefs and values, such as democratic ideals, religious beliefs, egalitarianism

The environment movement (1960s – present)

See Chapters 1, 17, 18, 14, 19

The growth and influence of the environment movement within Australia and overseas, and developments in ideas about the environment (notion of ‘Gaia’, ‘limits to growth’, concept of ‘sustainability’, concept of ‘rights of nature’) (ACDSEH126)

Significant events and campaigns that contributed to popular awareness of environmental issues, such as the campaign to prevent the damming of Australia’s Gordon River, the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and the Jabiluka mine controversy in 1998 (ACDSEH127)