This unit is a study of popular culture - music, art, and more - from the period after 1945 in Australia and the world. The unit will require students to explore the ways in which popular culture was affected by social, political and economic realities as well as how popular culture had an effect on these areas. A decade should form the focus on specific study to highlight the changes which occurred at a particular moment in history. This will include a focus on specific musicians, artists and other personalities of that era and how they contributes to continuity or change in Australian and global society. Students will engage in a range of historical thinking and working skills including source analysis and presentation of ideas in various forms.
HT5-9 applies a range of relevant historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past
HT5-10 selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences
Related Life Skills outcomes: HTLS-3, HTLS-4, HTLS-5, HTLS-6, HTLS-7, HTLS-9, HTLS-11, HTLS-12, HTLS-13
The following historical concepts are integrated into the lesson sequences:
Continuity and change: music, art and other forms of popular culture changed dramatically after WWII, driven by a youth culture and changes in technology and political involvement.
Cause and effect: there were several domestic and international influences on the changes which occurred in Australia, as well as changes within Australia that had international impact.
Perspectives: different groups in Australian society affected (and were affected by) the changes which occurred since 1945. There was debate and conflict over how and why these changes occurred.
Empathetic understanding: the themes and issues present in the pop culture of the post-war period offer insights into the ideas, emotions and experiences of the people at the time.
Significance: some of the popular culture icons and movements of this period had significant impact on political, economic and social lives of people in Australia and the world.
Contestability: there is argument over whether pop culture had a significant impact on society, which nations/groups/individuals had most impact in Australia and whether pop culture can be a valid form of historical evidence or study.