English/ History /Politics


Narrabundah College has the widest ranging choice of Tertiary English courses in the ACT. Where else can you take units such as Latin-American Literature, European Classics, Aboriginal Literature, Postmodernism or creative writing. We also offer the units that have proved popular at all colleges such as Children's Literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction and Communications. Anyone can find his or her own level of ability and area of interest. Although we have a number of units to offer, students demand largely determines what is offered each session. We also run an Accredited course that involves a substantial degree of choice.

Almost all the students at Narrabundah who are not doing ESL (English as a Second Language) do English; many people take it on two lines.

Any World Literature scores used will be counted in course score calculations(subject to English department moderation processes). All English courses must contain at least one full unit (1.0) from the literature section (or from World Literature) and students are strongly advised to complete a unit from Language and Writing Section.

English T: Language and Writing

  • Communications
  • Origins of English
  • Writers workshop
  • Creative writing

English Handbook

Essay Template

Creative Response Rationale Guidelines

English T: Literature

Introductory Unit:

Approaches to Literature


  • Fantasy Fiction
  • North American Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Short Story
  • Twentieth Century Novels


  • Poetry Then
  • Poetry Now


  • Shakespeare: Comedies
  • Shakespeare: The Tragedies


Aboriginal Literature African and Pacific Writing Australian Literature Irish Writers Children's Narratives Crime Busters East Asian Literature European Classics Latin American Literature Short Literary Forms Page to Screen Literature of War and Peace 19th Century English Writers Non-Fiction Postmodernism Comedy and Satire South East Asian Literature The Hero Women in Literature Women Writers Young Adult Fiction Love Lust and Literature


Why History?

History is a means of satisfying a natural curiosity regarding the diversity of human experience in time. Through the study of history, students acquire perspectives that give them a clearer understanding of many aspects of societies both past and present. Such understanding fosters a deeper appreciation of human experiences, providing a vital understanding of the world, the society in which we live, and a valuable set of skills.

The skills of history include examining and comprehending a wide variety of materials, seeing conflicts, making judgements, developing thinking, communicating ideas and making logical conclusions. Anyone with these skills is capable of succeeding in many subjects and occupations. Moreover, history provides a rewarding leisure interest. Many television shows or books have historical incidents as their central focus and many news items have historical origins. History will give you an insight into such areas.

History has a direct connection with a number of professions such as law, journalism, politics, teaching, librarianship and archaeology. Research skills provide a useful background course of study for occupations in the public service, travel, banking, business and administration. Students undertaking trade courses which require a communications or humanities component in their course requirements will also benefit from studying history.

Anyone with skills gained by a study of history is capable of succeeding in many subjects and occupations.

History has a direct connection with a number of professions such as law, journalism, politics, teaching, librarianship and archaeology.

Within the history courses mentioned there is a broad range of very interesting units. They will provide you with a vital understanding of the modern world plus anextremely valuable set of skills.

Available Units:

  • The Land of the Nile T/A
  • Greece to the Persian Wars T/A
  • The Age of Alexander T/A
  • Rome in the Age of Emperors T/A
  • Contemporary Conflict and Issues T/A
  • The Second World War T/A
  • Superpower Conflict T/A
  • Struggles for Independence T/A
  • From Manchu to Mao T/A


This course explains how and why politicians behave as they do, and how issues in public debate such as the republic, human rights, the environment, taxes and censorship are resolved. Australia's democratic system is compared with other democratic and authoritarian systems, and major governments around the world: USA, Russia, Japan, and India. Students often have opportunities to attend youth conventions and meet politicians, or do work experience in government departments.

Narrabundah College offers a series of units in Politics which ask the following questions:

  • Are you interested in election results and who governs Australia?
  • Find leadership battles within political parties fascinating?
  • How are politicians elected?
  • What is an election system?
  • Interested in the political systems of the USA, Russia, Japan, China or the United Nations?
  • What role do women play in politics?
  • What is a democracy?
  • How well are minorities represented?

The Politics course will help you with the answers!

Available Units:

  • Introduction to Australian Politics
  • Elections, Pressure Groups & the Media
  • USA Politics
  • Politics of Russia and China
  • Political Theory