Oxford Big Ideas Geography/History AC - Year 8: Student Book + obook/assess (Print & Digital)

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Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780195590203 Brand/Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumHistoryGeographyHumanities and Social Sciences (HASS)HistoryGeography

Part of the series Oxford Big Ideas Geography/History Australian Curriculum - Year 8.

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Oxford Big Ideas Geography|History is ideal for semester-based delivery in the Humanities classroom. The series helps students develop deep understandings through a genuine inquiry-based framework.

Student Book + obook/assess


  • Supports the full delivery of all course content within the available class time.
  • Enables teachers to adopt a semesterised approach or deliver discrete year-long courses.
  • Provides interim Civics & Citizenship and Commerce units for schools (in digital format only), until final ACARA syllabus is released.
  • Content tailored to the needs of your classroom — each unit is enhanced by a range of engaging learning resources (such as stunning artwork, maps and differentiated activities) designed to ensure full coverage of the syllabus within the allocated class time.
  • Purpose-written content that explicitly intergrates both strands of the Australian Curriculum: Geography and History and includes learning resources cater to a wide range of student abilities and learning styles.

The obook is a cloud-based web-book available anywhere, anytime, on any device, navigated by topic or by ‘page view’. Assess is an indispensable online assessment tool, explicitly mapped to the Australian Curriculum that drives student progress through tailored instruction. As well as containing the student text and study tools, this obook offers virtual case studies including interactive maps, videos and other interactives.


  • The geographer’s toolkit – concepts and skills
  • Chapter 1 Landforms and landscapes
    • 1.1 What are landscapes?
    • 1.2 What are landforms?
  • Chapter 2 Mountain landscapes
    • 2.1 What forces shape mountain landscapes?
    • 2.2 How are mountain landscapes used and managed?
    • 2.3 Are mountain landscapes hazardous places?
  • Chapter 3 Coastal landscapes
    • 3.1 What forces shape coastal landscapes?
    • 3.2 How are coastal landscapes used and managed?
    • 3.3 Are coastal landscapes hazardous places?
  • Chapter 4 Life in different cities
    • 4.1 Why do people live in cities?
    • 4.2 Where do people in different countries live?
    • 4.3 How can we plan for Australia’s urban future?
  • Chapter 5 Migration
    • 5.1 Why do people move?
    • 5.2 What are the impacts of migration?
    • 5.3 How has international migration changed Australia?
  • The historian’s toolkit – concepts and skills
  • Overview 1 The Western and Islamic world
  • The Ottoman Empire
    • 1 How was society organised during the Ottoman Empire?
    • 2 What were the most significant achievements and developments of the Ottoman Empire?
    • 3 How did the policies and power of the Ottoman Empire change other societies?
  • Renaissance Italy
    • 1 How were societies in Renaissance Italy organised?
    • 2 What developments and achievements characterised Renaissance Italy?
    • 3 How did Renaissance culture spread and what is its legacy?
  • Chapter 6 The Vikings
    • The Vikings: a timeline
    • 6.1 How was Viking society organised?
    • 6.2 What developments led to Viking expansion?
    • 6.3 How did Viking conquests change societies?
  • Chapter 7 Medieval Europe
    • Medieval Europe: a timeline
    • 7.1 How were societies in medieval Europe organised?
    • 7.2 How and why did societies in medieval Europe change?
    • 7.3 What developments influenced life in medieval Europe?
  • Overview 2 The Asia–Pacific world
  • Chapter 8 The Khmer Empire
    • The Khmer Empire: a timeline
    • 8.1 How did the Khmer Empire rise to power and what were its greatest achievements?
    • 8.2 How was society organised during the Khmer Empire?
    • 8.3 How and why did the Khmer Empire come to an end?
  • Chapter 9 Japan under the shoguns
    • Japan under the shoguns: a timeline
    • 9.1 What led to the rise of the shoguns?
    • 9.2 How was Japanese society organised during the time of the shoguns?
    • 9.3 How did Japan change under the rule of the shoguns?
  • Polynesian expansion across the Pacific
    • 1 How did Polynesian settlers spread across the Pacific?
    • 2 What was life like in Maori societies?
    • 3 What were the most significant Maori cultural achievements?
  • Overview 3 Expanding contacts
  • Chapter 10 Mongol expansion
    • Mongol expansion: a timeline
    • 10.1 How was Mongol society organised?
    • 10.2 How and why did the Mongols expand their territory?
    • 10.3 What were the consequences of Mongol expansion?
  • Chapter 11 The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa
    • The Black Death: a timeline
    • 11.1 How were societies organised at the time of the Black Death?
    • 11.2 What were the causes of the Black Death and how did it spread?
    • 11.3 What were the effects of the Black Death?
  • Spanish conquest of the Americas
    • 1 How were societies in the Americas organised before the arrival of the Spanish?
    • 2 Why did the Spanish colonise the Americas?
    • 3 What were the effects of Spanish conquest in the Americas and around the world?
  • Glossary
  • Index

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The Geographer’s Toolkit – Concepts and Skills

Chapter 1: Landforms and Landscapes

The Historian’s Toolkit – Concepts and Skills

Chapter 6: The Vikings

ISBN 9780195590203
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 8,
Author(s) Mark Easton, Maggy Saldais & Richard Smith

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