This course is divided into two parts. Part  A looks at the role of science and archaeology in investigating the past. Part B provides students with the opportunity to look closely at a few ancient societies, sites and sources such as the Trojan War, Greek Drama and Archaic Greece as well as conduct their own historical investigation.

The study of Ancient History allows students to learn both about the interaction of societies and the impact of individuals and groups on ancient events and ways of life. It draws on a variety of disciplines and sources, both written and archaeological, such as literary works, coins, inscriptions, art, architecture, artefacts and human remains, enabling students to piece together an informed and coherent view of the past. Students study the core, the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, an ancient society, Sparta, a Greek Historical period and the Persian king, Xerxes.

This course is an introduction to three key civil rights movements: The dismantling of Apartheid in South Africa, the fight for independence in Northern Ireland and the struggle for black equality in the United States of America.

It begins with an overview of the history of slavery as an insight into how oppression has been a sustaining force in world social, economic and political development.

History is a disciplined process of inquiry that provides students with the intellectual skills to critically analyse and interpret sources of evidence in order to construct reasoned explanations, hypotheses about the past and rational and informed arguments. The study of history also strengthens their understanding of civics and citizenship. Students undertake the study of Australian History from Federation in 1901 through to Australia's involvement in World War Two. The aim of history is to stimulate students' enjoyment of exploring the past and to enable them to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.

History is a disciplined process of inquiry that provides the intellectual skills to enable students to critically analyse and interpret sources of evidence. In Semester 1 students study Australia in the Vietnam War Era and Changing Rights and Freedoms. They also focus on civics and citizenship issues within each topic. The aim of history is to stimulate students’ enjoyment of exploring the past and to enable them to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.

History is a disciplined process of inquiry that enables students to appreciate and understand human endeavours and achievements of the past. It provides the intellectual skills to enable students to critically analyse and interpret sources of evidence in order to construct reasoned explanations, hypotheses about the past and arguments that are rational and informed. Students study Investigating History and Societies and Civilisations of the Past (Ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe). The aim of history is to stimulate their enjoyment of exploring the past and to enable them to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.

History is a disciplined process of inquiry that enables students to understand and appreciate human endeavours and achievements of the past. It provides the intellectual skills to enable students to critically analyse and interpret sources of evidence in order to construct reasoned explanations, hypotheses about the past and rational and informed arguments. Students in Year 8 study Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History and Societies and Civilisations of the Past. The aim of history is to stimulate students’ enjoyment of exploring the past and to enable them to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.

This course challenges students to consider the great social, technological, economic, political and moral transformations from the late eighteenth century to the present. They analyse the causes, progress and effects of these transformations and, finally, make judgements about them. Students complete three case studies in Semester 1. These are the Decline and Fall of the Romanov Dynasty, the Assassination of John F. Kennedy and Decolonisation in Indochina. The study of Modern History contributes to the development of skills including fluent communication of thoughts and ideas and analysis of primary and secondary sources.

The study of Modern History challenges students to consider the great social, technological, economic, political and moral transformations of selected twentieth-century studies. It is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding, the skills of critical analysis and synthesis, and values and attitudes essential to an appreciation of forces that have shaped the modern world. Students studying Modern History explore the core study World War I (1914-1919) through the study of sources. Students explore in depth one National Study. At Stella Maris College students examine Germany in the years 1918-1939. A personality study is also undertaken and students examine the historiography surrounding Albert Speer. In their last unit, students investigate an International Study in Peace and Conflict in Indochina between 1954-1979.