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Year 8 Level Description (australian curriculum)

The ancient to the modern world

The Year 8 curriculum provides a study of history from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period, c.650– 1750 AD (CE). This was when major civilisations around the world came into contact with each other. Social, economic, religious and political beliefs were often challenged and significantly changed. It was the period when the modern world began to take shape.

The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability. These concepts may be investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.

Key inquiry questions

A framework for developing students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills is provided by inquiry questions through the use and interpretation of sources. The key inquiry questions for Year 8 are:

  • How did societies change from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern age?
  • What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies?
  • What were the causes and effects of contact between societies in this period?
  • Which significant people, groups and ideas from this period have influenced the world today? (Australian Curriculum)


Economics and Business

Civics and Citizenship

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures


Personal and Social Capability

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Angkor/Kmer Empire
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The Vikings Medieval Europe
Polynesian Expansion Across the Pacific (700-1756)
Mongol Expansion

Spanish Conquest of America ( 1492-1572)
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Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia

Ethical Understanding

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