Year 10 Electives | Humanities.

 

 
 

Economics - World of Commerce

ELECTIVE | ECONOMICS

The purpose of this Economics unit is to explore the ways individuals, families, the community, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It aims to enable students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making and its effects on themselves and others, now and in the future. The study of economics and business develops the knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform students about the economy and encourage them to participate in and contribute to it. The curriculum examines those aspects of economics and business that underpin decision-making at personal, local, national, regional and global levels. Students learn to appreciate the interdependence of decisions made, as well as the effects of these decisions on consumers, businesses, governments and other economies. The areas of Government and Democracy, Laws and Citizens and Citizenship, Diversity and identify are also explored. This unit aims to introduce students to the four VCE disciplines of Accounting, Business Management, Economics and Legal Studies.

This introduction will enable students to make more informed VCE subject selections

Accounting

The Accounting section of the course focuses on small business. Students explore the importance of financial record keeping and construct a number of financial reports, namely, cash journals, profit and loss statements and balance sheets.

Assessment

Students are required to complete a number of financial records for an imaginary client.

Economics

The focus of this part of the course is on the Australian economy. A number of key economic performance indicators are explored, including: gross domestic product, unemployment, inflation, interest rates and the relationship between inflation and interest rates. Students define ‘living standards’ and explain the link between these standards and economic performance.

ASSESSMENT

Students are required to form a hypothesis related to living standards and economic performance indicators and undertake research comparing living standards in Australia and another country.

Laws and Civics and Citizenship

Students explore the historical background and key features of Australia’s legal system, in particular, the role of the High Court in interpreting the Commonwealth Constitution. Students investigate Government and Democracy, Laws and Citizenship as well as the diversity of an Australian citizen.

ASSESSMENT

Students complete a comparative investigation of Australia’s political system in comparison to an Asian country.

An end of semester examination covers all four parts of the course.

 
 

 
 

Geography - Where to from here?

ELECTIVE | IS THIS A UNIT? OR AN ELECTIVE IN YR 10? PLEASE EXPLAIN?

The first unit explores environmental change and management through the study of forests.  Sustainable use of forests is a worldwide challenge; different societies view their management depending on their perspective. Human impact on forests can be positive or negative.

The second unit examines how our lifestyles and quality of life differ from other regions. We investigate inequalities in human developments and welfare at different scales.  We attempt to explain how living conditions can be measured and explain why contrasts in living conditions can be so great between countries, within countries and between cities.  Strategies and management options to reduce inequalities are also considered.

Fieldwork

  • Fieldwork is undertaken in a forest region in rural Victoria, relative to the proposed Great Forest National Park.

Assessment

  •  Research Report
  •  Geographies of Well-being Analysis Tasks
  •  End of semester examination

Year 10 Geography is an excellent foundation for all VCE Geography units.

Students wanting to understand the world in which we live in would find this unit relevant.

Pathways can include:

Geography leads to careers in areas such as: Meteorology, National Parks, Forestry, Education, Cartography, Civil Aviation, Consultancy, Agriculture, Town Planning, Global Imaging Systems, Tourism and Recreation.

 
 

 
 

Geography *Unit 2

ELECTIVE | GEOGRAPHY (*UNIT 2) TOURISM

Areas of Study

In this unit students investigate the characteristics of tourism, with particular emphasis on where it has developed, its various forms, how it has changed and continues to change and its impacts on people, places and environments. They select contrasting examples of tourism from within Australia and elsewhere in the world to support their investigations.

Students will investigate tourism on an international scale through case studies such as Mt Everest in Nepal, Kenya, Cruise tourism in the Pacific and Fiji, or Mass tourism in Europe. The focus for our study of domestic tourism in Australia will be on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, and Victorian tourism, including Phillip Island.

  • Characteristics of Tourism
  • Impact of Tourism

Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • analyse, describe and explain the nature of tourism at a range of scales.
  • analyse and explain the impacts of tourism on people, places and environments and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies for managing tourism.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a compulsory element of Unit 2.  Fieldwork for Unit 2 will be undertaken at a site relevant to Victorian tourism, such as Phillip Island or the Melbourne CBD.

Assessment

Folio of Tasks Fieldwork Report End of semester examination

Pathways can include:

There has never been a more exciting time to study Geography! Geographers are highly employable and have many options for their careers, such as: Diplomatic Service,  Architecture, Property Management, Climatology, Meteorology, Wildlife Management, Forestry, Education, Emergency Services, Cartography, Civil Aviation,  Agriculture, Urban Planning, Tourism and Recreation.