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Historical knowledge and understanding

The Historical knowledge and understanding strand of the Australian Curriculum: History identifies various historical contexts for secondary students to investigate. 

Using these historical contexts, the historical knowledge and understanding strand explores key concepts for developing historical understanding, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, perspectives, empathy and contestability.

From the Australian Curriculum: History – Content structure.

Key History concepts

Explore how concepts can be explored through the history of Asia..more.

The historical thinking framework promoted by The Historical Thinking Project revolves around six historical thinking concepts: historical significance, cause and consequence, historical perspective-taking, continuity and change, the use of primary source evidence and the ethical dimension of history.

Video of Professor Peter Seixas discussing historical thinking in secondary schools, the first of three of his videos on historical teaching and thinking.


Asia scope and sequence

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Terracotta Warriors Angkor Wat Drawing of a cartoon canvas town during the Gold Rush Two people holding hands

The Ancient World

The Asian world

India 60,000 BC (BCE) – c.650 AD (CE)

China 60,000 BC (BCE)– c.650 AD (CE)

The Ancient to the Modern World

The Asia Pacific world

Angkor/Khmer Empire (c.802 – c.1431)

Japan under the Shoguns’ (c.794 – 1867)

Expanding contacts

Mongol expansion (c.1206 – c.1368)

The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa (14th century plague)

The Making of the Modern World (1750 – 1918)

Australia and Asia

Asia and the world

Making a nation

The Modern World and Australia

World War II

The globalising world

Popular culture

Migration experiences 1945 to present

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