English/History/Legal Studies/Politics/Philosophy

English/History/Legal Studies/Politics/Philosophy Faculty


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, Gothic Literature or Creative Writing. We also offer the units that have proved popular at all colleges such as Children's Literature, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Fiction. 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 is flexible enough to tailor learning to the needs of individual students.

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.

There are two Tertiary streams of English at Narrabundah College:  English and Literature.  Both are cognitively the same, have the same type of assessment tasks and are compared against each other for scoring purposes.  The only difference is that the subject matter varies.  Students may switch from English to Literature, or back again, at the beginning of any session – all units still count towards a major.

English and Literature Units

Y11 English

Y11 Literature

Session 1

Communication of Meaning

Ways of Reading and Creating

Session 2

The Hero

Burning Issues

Love, Lust and Literature

Children’s Literature

Aboriginal Experience

Australian Identity

Latin American Literature

Asian Narratives

African and Pacific Narratives

African American Experience

Irish Writers

North American Literature

Session 3

The Journey

Language: Use and Abuse

Fantasy Fiction

Science Fiction

Writer’s Workshop

Poetry Then and Now

Life Stories


Y12 English

Y12 Literature

Session 1

Gothic Literature

Detective Fiction

Page to Screen: Adaptations

Session 2

Women in Literature

Travel Literature

Images of War


Modern Novels

Texts Through Time


19th Century British Literature

Shakespeare’s Tragedies

European Classics

Crime and Punishment

Post-Colonial Literature

Session 3

Shakespeare’s Comedies

Satire and Subversion

Intertextuality: Appropriations

Useful Documents

English Handbook

Essay Template

Creative Response Rationale Guidelines


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 an extremely valuable set of skills.

At Narrabundah, students can choose to study the modern or ancient streams, or both.

Modern History Units

Year 11

Year 12

Session 1

The French Revolution

Civil Rights in the USA

Session 2

World War One & Weimar to Reich

Apartheid South Africa and the Cold War

Session 3

China Under Mao

Conflict in the Middle East

Ancient History Units

Year 11

Year 12

Session 1


Rome in the Middle Republic

Session 2

Greece, Bronze Age and the Peloponnesian War

Roman Revolution 133BC-14AD

Session 3

Alexander the Great

The Julio-Claudians

Legal Studies

Legal Studies at Narrabundah College teaches students about how the legal systems of Australia and the world influence their everyday lives. From learning about how the Australian political system influences our laws to grappling with pirates, cybercrime, police powers, serial killers and terrorism, students are encouraged to question the ethics and morality that underpin our society.

At its heart, Legal Studies gives students the opportunity to learn and understand about their rights as citizens both in Australia and on a global stage.

Course overview

Year 1Year  2


Introduction to the Law
This unit provides the foundations for legal studies, examining the constitution, Australian legal system and analysing the links between politics and the law. Students explore key legislation, compare government systems and question if justice is really blind.


Consumer Law
Students are introduced to consumer rights and responsibilities, elements of a contract and consumer remedies. We examine product safety legislation, how to get a refund, the power of big business, truth in advertising and whether or not individual rights are evenly balanced with corporate power.


Introduction to Criminal Law
We’ll examine the criminal justice system, types of crime, police powers and sentencing. How does the system balance community expectations and still arrive at justice?

Why do people commit crimes? We’ll explore criminality, police responses, changing laws and alternatives to the current justice system.


International Crime, Conflicts, and Terrorism
We study extradition, political, social and economic unrest, causes of terrorism, religious and political ideologies, war crimes, genocide, borders, the changing nature of warfare, intercountry co-operation, jurisdictional issues, extra-territorial reach, domestic and international cybercrime.

Sea, Sky, and Space
International law as it relates to the law of the sea, law of airspace and the law relating to space. We’ll look at everything from shifting global powers, modern pirates, sea rescues, space junk and, wait for it, the moon treaty.


Civil Wrongs
The course introduces students to Civil Law and the realm of torts. We examine negligence, nuisance, trespass and defamation as we explore the effects of an increasingly litigious society.


Family and the Law
The Family Law Act governs many aspects of our lives, yet very few are aware of it. The course examines the laws regarding marriage, parenting, children, divorce and how families resolve their conflicts in and out of court.

Australian and Global Politics

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:

The Politics course will help you with the answers!

Available Units:


'Philosophy is the adult attempt to deal with genuinely baffling questions of childhood.' (Gareth Matthews).

In 2018, we will be offering the new Year 11 & 12 ACT Philosophy Course
The various units address such questions as:

Some benefits of doing Philosophy

Available Units include:
Philosophy of Language