VCE Australian history - units 3 & 4

Guide for VCE Australian history students

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Area of Study 1: Unit 3 & 4

  • From custodianship to the Anthropocene (60,000 BCE-1901)
    • the historical role of humans in shaping the Australian landscape and ways in which the environment has influenced human activity.
  • Creating a nation (1834-1913)
    • changing patterns of migration to and within the colonies and federated Australia, and the social, political and economic factors influencing the colonies
  • Power & resistance (1788-1913)
    • investigation into the ways in which colonisation began as a complex story of the exercise of power and resistance to authority.
  • War & upheaval (1909-1950)
    • debates and perspectives about Australia's participation in World Wars One and Two and how the social, political and economic cohesion was influenced by these conflicts.

For an outline of each of these areas see the link on this page to the VCE History Study Design