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NSW Syllabuses

History K–10 - Stage 5 Depth Study 2: Australia and Asia


A student:

  • HT5-1

    explains and assesses the historical forces and factors that shaped the modern world and Australia

  • HT5-2

    sequences and explains the significant patterns of continuity and change in the development of the modern world and Australia

  • HT5-4

    explains and analyses the causes and effects of events and developments in the modern world and Australia

  • HT5-7

    explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the modern world and Australia

  • HT5-9

    applies a range of relevant historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past

  • HT5-10

    selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences

Related Life Skills outcomes: HTLS-3, HTLS-4, HTLS-6, HTLS-9, HTLS-11, HTLS-12, HTLS-13

  • Students investigate in depth ONE of the following:
  • 2a Making a nation
  • OR
  • 2b Asia and the world (1750–1918)
  • Suggested Site Studies include:
  • a museum visit
  • a local site of significance
  • an Aboriginal site (issues of access and permission need to be appropriate to the site selected)
  • a streetscape/heritage site
  • a State Parliament House
  • Old Parliament House, Canberra ACT
  • Parliament House, Canberra ACT
  • a virtual historical site

    Topic 2a: Making a nation

  • The extension of settlement, including the effects of contact (intended and unintended) between European settlers in Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (ACDSEH020)
  • Students:
  • outline the expansion of European settlement on a map of Aboriginal Australia to 1900 AHCNCC
  • describe both the European impact on the landscape and how the landscape affected European settlement SE
  • use a range of sources to describe contact experiences between European settlers and Indigenous peoples AHCIUEUL
  • The experiences of non-Europeans in Australia prior to the 1900s (such as the Japanese, Chinese, South Sea Islanders, Afghans) (ACDSEH089)
  • Students:
  • explain why ONE of the non-European groups came to Australia
  • describe how the chosen group lived and worked in Australia AWEIU
  • describe the contribution of non-European workers to Australia's development to 1900 AWEDD
  • Living and working conditions in Australia around the turn of the twentieth century (that is 1900) (ACDSEH090)
  • Students:
  • using a range of sources, investigate the living and working conditions of men, women and children around the turn of the twentieth century in Australia L
  • Key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy, including women's voting rights (ACDSEH091)
  • Students:
  • explain how and why Federation (1901) was achieved CC
  • outline state and federal responsibilities under the Australian Constitution CC
  • discuss the consequences of the introduction of the Australian Constitution for the rights of women and Aboriginal people CCAHCDDEU
  • Legislation 1901–1914, including the Harvester Judgment, pensions, and the Immigration Restriction Act (ACDSEH092)
  • Students:
  • identify key features of the Harvester Judgment, pensions legislation and the Immigration Restriction Act and discuss what they reveal about the kind of society the Australian government aimed to create CCAWEEU
  • assess the impact of this legislation on Australian society in this period CCCCT

    Topic 2b: Asia and the world (1750–1918)

  • The key features (social, cultural, economic, political) of ONE Asian society (such as China, Japan, India, Dutch East Indies) at the start of the period (ACDSEH093)
  • Students:
  • choose ONE Asian society from around 1750 and: ACCWEPSCIU
  • identify key physical features and geographic extent
  • describe the structure of the society
  • explain the role of leaders
  • outline key features of the economy
  • describe main religious beliefs and cultural features
  • discuss the lives and work of men, women and children
  • Change and continuity in the Asian society during this period, including any effects of contact (intended and unintended) with European power(s) (ACDSEH094)
  • Students:
  • outline the nature of the contact of the Asian society with European power(s) ADD
  • explain how the Asian society was changed by its contact with European power(s) AIU
  • identify features of the Asian society that were unaffected by contact with Europeans AIU
  • The position of the Asian society in relation to other nations in the world around the turn of the twentieth century (that is 1900), including the influence of key ideas such as nationalism (ACDSEH142)
  • Students:
  • discuss the positive and negative consequences of contact between the Asian society and the European powers during this period AIUEU
  • using a range of sources, investigate and analyse data to compare the Asian society to other nations around 1900 in relation to population, form of government, type of economy, relationships with other nations and evidence of nationalism ACCDDNICT
  • The significance of ONE key event that involved the chosen Asian society and European power(s), including different perspectives of the event at the time (ACDSEH141)
  • Students:
  • assess the significance of ONE key event involving an Asian society and a European power, using sources to identify different perspectives of the event at the time, eg: ACCTLIU
  • India (the Indian Mutiny/the First War of Indian Independence 1857)
  • China (the Boxer Rebellion 1900)
  • Japan (the Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905)