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NSW Syllabuses

History K–10 - Stage 5 Depth Study 5: The Globalising World


A student:

  • HT5-1

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

  • HT5-3

    explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia

  • HT5-4

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

  • HT5-5

    identifies and evaluates the usefulness of sources in the historical inquiry process

  • 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-5, HTLS-6, HTLS-7, HTLS-9, HTLS-11, HTLS-12, HTLS-13

  • Students investigate in depth ONE major global influence that has shaped Australian society from the following:
  • 5a Popular culture
  • OR
  • 5b The environment movement
  • OR
  • 5c Migration experiences
  • Suggested Site Studies include:
  • a museum visit
  • a site study
  • a virtual historical site

    Topic 5a: Popular culture (1945–present)

  • The nature of popular culture in Australia at the end of World War II, including music, film and sport (ACDSEH027)
  • Students:
  • identify the main features of Australian popular culture at the end of World War II, including music, film, fashion and sport
  • Developments in popular culture in post-war Australia and their impact on society, including the introduction of television and rock 'n' roll (ACDSEH121)
  • Students:
  • explain ways in which Australia in the 1950s was influenced by American culture
  • assess the way American and British music influenced post-war Australian entertainment, such as rock 'n' roll IU
  • use a range of sources to explain the nature and impact of television on Australian popular culture ICTLCCT
  • The changing nature of the music, film and television industry in Australia during the post-war period, including the influence of overseas developments (such as Hollywood, Bollywood and the animation film industry in China and Japan) (ACDSEH122)
  • Students:
  • describe how advances in communication technology changed at least ONE of the following during the post-war period in Australia: music, film or television ICT
  • discuss how overseas influences have affected ONE aspect of Australian popular culture IU
  • Australia's contribution to international popular culture (music, film, television, sport) (ACDSEH123)
  • Students:
  • assess the contribution of Australian men and women to international sport, eg Olympic Games and Test Cricket PSC
  • using a range of sources, investigate and assess the contribution of Australian men and women to international music, film and television ICTLDDPSC
  • Continuity and change in beliefs and values that have influenced the Australian way of life (ACDSEH149)
  • Students:
  • outline and assess the impact of Americanisation and global events on Australian society over time SECCT
  • discuss the nature of Australian popular culture today and the legacy of past influences PSC

    Topic 5b: The environment movement (1960s–present)

  • The background to environmental awareness, including the nineteenth century National Parks movement in America and Australia (ACDSEH028)
  • Students:
  • identify major threats to the natural environment SE
  • outline the origins of environmental awareness and activism SEEUCC
  • briefly describe the purpose of the nineteenth-century National Parks movement in America and Australia SECC
  • The intensification of environmental effects in the twentieth century as a result of population increase, urbanisation, increasing industrial production and trade (ACDSEH125)
  • Students:
  • use a range of sources to explain how the growth of cities, population and industries have affected the environment in Australia and the world SEICTNEUCCTL
  • discuss how global resource needs and trade have intensified environmental issues in developed and developing nations SECCTWEPSC
  • describe the response to key environmental issues in Australian agriculture, eg the back-to-the-land movement, organic farming and permaculture SEEU
  • 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', sustainability, 'rights of nature') (ACDSEH126)
  • Students:
  • discuss key events in the growing awareness of environmental issues in Australia and the world before 1975 SECCEUAHC
  • outline the origins and policies of green political parties in the 1980s SECC
  • describe the influence of at least ONE of the following environmental ideas: SECCEU
  • 'Gaia'
  • limits to growth
  • sustainability
  • rights of nature
  • 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)
  • Students:
  • outline the important developments in at least ONE environmental event and campaign
  • Responses of governments, including the Australian government, and international organisations to environmental threats since the 1960s, including deforestation and climate change (ACDSEH128)
  • Students:
  • assess changing Australian government policies and actions towards environmental issues since the 1960s, including deforestation and climate change SECC
  • discuss ONE Australian government achievement in response to an environmental threat since the 1960s SECCEUCCTPSC
  • examine the role of international governments and organisations in dealing with at least ONE environmental threat

    Topic 5c: Migration experiences (1945–present)

  • The waves of post-World War II migration to Australia, including the influence of significant world events (ACDSEH144)
  • Students:
  • describe the size and composition of Australia's population in 1945 NDDIU
  • sequence the main waves of migration to Australia in the 40 years following World War II, identifying numbers of migrants and countries of origin ANDD
  • identify significant world events which influenced post-World War II migration to Australia, eg World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars and the war in Afghanistan ADDEUIU
  • The impact of changing government policies on Australia's migration patterns, including abolition of the White Australia Policy, 'Populate or Perish' (ACDSEH145)
  • Students:
  • outline government policies and practices that restricted migration to Australia before World War II, such as the White Australia Policy, and explain subsequent policies since 1945 ACCEU
  • explain why the government attempted to attract more migrants to Australia during the 1950s and 1960s, with reference to the slogan 'Populate or Perish' CCLCCT
  • using a range of sources, describe the hardships faced by migrants, with a particular focus on the experiences of ONE group who came to Australia between 1945 and 1970 ACCLICT
  • The impact of at least ONE world event or development and its significance for Australia, such as the Vietnam War and Indochinese refugees (ACDSEH146)
  • Students:
  • describe the impact of the Vietnam War or ONE other world event on Australia's migration policy ACCIUCCT
  • discuss the response of Australians, including the Australian media, to the arrival of refugees from Indochina in the 1970s and 1980s OR refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 ACCDDEUPSC
  • using a range of sources, describe the experiences of ONE group of refugees on their journey to Australia and their experiences on arrival after 1975 AIULICTEU
  • The contribution of migration to Australia's changing identity as a nation and to its international relationships (ACDSEH147)
  • Students:
  • assess the contribution of migrant men and women to Australia's social, cultural and economic development and Australia's changing identity CCTIUDDPSC
  • explain how Australia's changing migration policies have affected relationships with other nations ACCIUDD