Body in Question explores the dynamic complexities of the human body from a number of perspectives. Students examine the nature of health and disease from the physiological, mental, social, emotional, and immunological aspects and investigate the role of physics in describing and explaining movement of the human body.

Body in Question and is a powerful combination of health, anatomy, physiology, physics, immunology, psychology, mathematics, language, and literacy. The teaching program has 4 sessions of 100min each per week. Students will be required to undertake regular homework to consolidate class work.

The Body in Question curriculum has been developed in a flexible way to provide the opportunity for students to have both shared learning goals and individual agency to decide their own learning needs.

Key concepts covered in Body in Question include:

  • Understanding the complex systems of our bodies can empower us to make informed decisions about our life and health.
  • The body’s immune system helps us to fight infection to stay healthy.
  • Statistical data and bioethical frameworks can inform decision making about our personal and community health.
  • The body’s musculoskeletal system uses biomechanical principles (physics) for movement.
  • Psychology Choice: Theories of emotion, wellbeing and neuropsychology can be applied to help us understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.
  • Exercise Physiology Choice: Understanding the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and circulatory systems can help us establish, maintain, and promote physical wellness.
  • Nutrition Choice: Aspects of biochemical nutrition, dietary requirements, and the human digestive system will be studied to promote physical wellness.
  • Sexuality and Relationships Choice: An exploration of how these are influenced by both nature, family, friends, and culture, empowers us to make informed decisions about our life and health.
  • Student-Led Choice: An opportunity to be a true agent of your own body/health learning. Explore a topic of your choice such as biochemistry, medical nano-bots, nursing, microbiology, prosthetic AI devices, whatever ignites your passion!

This course is a part of the ASMS Central Study curriculum that all students study as part of the 2-year program. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to develop students’ capabilities so they are prepared for a range of pathways beyond school and to be successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.

The Body in Question Central Study will help students earn credit for Year 10 / Stage 1 Scientific Studies (20 credits), Year 10 / Stage 1 Health (10 credits), Year 10 / Stage 1 Mathematics (20 credits) and Year 10 / Stage 1 English (20 credits). Credit is awarded through a wide variety of assessment-types and evidence of learning choices.