VCE Australian history - units 3 & 4

Guide for VCE Australian history students

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Andrew McConville
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This guide will assist you to locate relevant resources for your VCE Australian history studies

Many of the items listed in this guide are available online.

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VCE Australian History Units 3 & 4

For a detailed introduction to the curriculum, download the Study Design and see pages 54 to 64.

The curriculum explores:

  • from custodianship to the Anthropocene
  • creating a nation
  • power and resistance
  • war and upheaval

with each topic interrogated under broader historical periods of Foundations and Transformations.

Finding resources

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Example of an item available as an ebook and also in print

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Australian history guides

VCE guides

See also our Introduction to the Library guide.

Past VCE Study Design documents from the VCAA have been archived on Trove.