Humanities Curriculum Overview

The Year 7- 10 Humanities curriculum at Darul Ulum College of Victoria is varied and diverse as it integrates the four areas of study: History, Geography, Business/ Economics and Civics and Citizenship. Students travel through different time periods in History whereby they start from pre-history to ancient history at year 7 as they explore various ancient civilisations (Ancient Egypt and Ancient China) while investigating the past. At year 8, they travel to the beginning of the modern period (The Ottoman Empire, The Mongols and Japan under Shoguns). At Year 9, students explore nationalism, imperialism, colonisation in Australia as well as World War 1 to further enhance their knowledge and skills. At year 10, students focus on History to understand the modern world in terms of the Inter-wars period after World War 1 (The Great Depression, the Cold war) and World War 2, humans rights and activists and how Australians migrated to Australia.

In Geography, students learn to understand the world in which they live by exploring physical and human geographical concepts of place, space and interconnection as they examine the processes that influence the characteristics of places, the spatial distributions, patterns and interconnections of changes and places. Another aspect of this program is for students to develop an understanding of the principles, theories and models used in economics and business as well as Australia’s laws, government and their identify in society. At VCE level, students may choose to continue and enhance their learning of Humanities and Business world by studying History, Business Management, or Legal Studies.

DUCV promotes and enhances students’ motivation and engagement through various unique initiatives such as:

  1. Year level/class competitions to promote student learning and engagement.

  2. The Incorporation of learning a skill into the curriculum where each term, each year level learns a new skill which is reinforced and applied in both Humanities and other key learning areas.

  3. Being involved in incursions and excursions for each year level over the year; such as Ancient Chinese inventions, the ‘The Islamic Museum’ to learn about the Islamic history, The Ottoman Empire and Migration to Australia as well as a visit to Sovereign Hill. Guest speakers are also organised where possible.

  4. Incorporation of varied teaching and learning strategies based on differentiation as well as role plays to dramatise events of history; and speakers invited to talk to students relating to World War 1.

  5. In Term 3, History Week activities are organised for years 7-10 as well as an Exhibition-‘A Walk Back in Time’ whereby students create artefacts to represent the various historical time periods studied. Here students showcase their pieces of artwork to the school to help consolidate, motivate and enhance students’ creativity, knowledge and skills in the areas of study.

  6. Incorporation of Islamic influence, hadith & Quran into the content covered for all year levels (where possible).

HUMANITIES (Year 7)

Students will study various topics in the areas of History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship and Economics & Business. In history, students will focus on how past events have shaped the world we know today by looking at evidence from ancient times to understand what life was like then. They study the people, events and ideas that changed societies in Ancient Egypt and Ancient China.
In geography, students look at sustainable use of water as a resource and will investigate the interaction of human activities with the resource. Students will also examine factors that influence livability and how it is perceived.

In Civics and Citizenship, students explore how the Australian system of government aims to protect all Australians; the Australian Constitution and how its features, principles and values shape Australia’s democracy and how the rights of individuals are protected through the justice system. In Economics & Business, students explore what it means to be a consumer, a worker and a producer in the market and the relationships between these groups; the characteristics of successful businesses and how entrepreneurial behaviour contributes to business success.

HUMANITIES (Year 8)

Students will study various topics in the areas of History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship and Economics & Business. In History, students study the Ottoman Empire, the Mongol expansion and Medieval Japan. Students further develop a sense of time as they study these eras. Students will also come to see the reasons why certain events in world history occurred and how they helped shape the world we know today. Students compare medieval societies with the modern world.

In Geography students will study mountain landscapes and investigate how culture and society change nations. Students will undertake research, complete investigations and will collect and analyse data. In Civics & Citizenship students consider how laws are made and the types of laws used in Australia; what it means to be Australian by identifying the reasons for and influences that shape national identity.

In Economics and Business, students explore the ways markets – including traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander markets – work within Australia; the participants in the market system and the ways they may influence the market’s operation; the rights, responsibilities and opportunities that arise for businesses, consumers and governments.

HUMANITIES (Year 9)

Students will study various topics in the areas of History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship and Economics & Business. In History, students explore the modern period from 1750 to the end of World War 1. Students focus on the events leading to the Industrial Revolution and explore the short/long term social, cultural, environmental and economic consequences of this tumultuous period.

In Geography, students study the biomes and food Security. Both geographic and economic skills are used to examine elements of the environment and the relationship with people. Students also explore how a range of environmental elements interconnect.

In Civics & Citizenship, students examine the ways political parties, interest groups, media and individuals influence government and decision making processes. They investigate the features and principles of Australia’s court system; global connectedness and how this shapes contemporary Australian society.

In Economics and Business, students explore the interactions within the global economy; what it means for Australia to be part of the Asia region and the global economy.

HISTORY (Year 10)

The history content involves two strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills. Students use the process of historical inquiry to develop transferable skills, such as the ability to ask relevant questions; critically analyse and interpret sources.

During the course, students will engage in studying:

  • World War II: (1939-45) – focusing on the causes, significant events, particular Australian WWII experiences, the impact and significance of this conflict.

  • Rights and Freedoms: (1945 – present) – focusing on the origins and identification of human rights and examines modern case studies pertaining to civil rights and race relations in the USA and Australia.

  • The Globalising World: (1945-present) – investigating one major global influence (Migration Experience) that has shaped Australian society in depth using a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Humanities Exhibition