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MHS Library | Year 10 History

Year 10 History


Welcome back to History at Melbourne High School!

Use our Library Guides to discover essential information, outlines to your units and helpful research tips.
All information aligns with The Victorian Curriculum for History

Unit 1 World War II

In this unit, you will discover the causes and events that lead up to World War II. Most historians agree that war in the European theatre began when Germany invaded Poland in September, 1939, and ended with the Battle of Berlin in 1945.  In the Asia/Pacific Theatre, historians debate when the conflict really began.

Most consider the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) to be the beginning of this part of the war, however one might also consider Japan's invasion of South-East Asia (1939-40) or the bombing of Pearl Harbor (1941) as the beginning of this conflict.

The focus of this unit will be for you to gain an understanding of how each event, individual and country played a part in igniting The Second World War. The range of causes will start from the very end of World War 1 and take you until the invasion of Poland by the Germans.

Unit 2 Right and Freedoms

In the second unit for Year 10, you will investigate struggles for Human Rights in depth. This will include how rights and freedoms have been ignored, demanded, or achieved in Australia and a broader world context.

You will research the events that changed the course of human rights, specifically those that impacted minorities and slavery. An understanding of what Human Rights is, where they come from and why we have them will be also discovered. Which movements and who are the key activist involved? Time to find out!


The Key Questions you will investigate in this unit will be:

  • How did the events of the Second World War lead to the development of the United Nations?
  • What are human rights? Who is responsible for ensuring they are upheld?
  • What was Australia’s involvement in the Declaration of Human Rights?
  • What were the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965?
  • What were the effects of the US civil rights movement and its influence on Australia?  
  • What was the significance of the following events in changing society: The 1962 right to vote federally, 1967 Referendum, Reconciliation, the Mabo decision, Bringing Them Home Report (The Stolen Generations), the Apology, the Wave Hill Strike, the Freedom Rides?
  • What methods were used by civil rights activists to achieve change? To what extent has change been achieved?