This unit continues the exploration of the ideas and visions underpinning Australian society by offering students the opportunity to examine a time when these visions were under threat. They may choose to focus on World War I, The Depression or World War II. The emphasis is on the ways in which Australians responded to the particular threats and whether this led to a rethinking of old certainties. Students will also examine the impact of these experiences on change and social cohesion. The study concludes with an examination of changing Australian attitudes in relation to a number of issues that have been debated in the latter decades of the twentieth century, among them Indigenous rights, the environment, immigration and involvement in war.
This unit is offered in Year 12.