Humanity seeks, uses and creates order in the form of systems and patterns to function in a seemingly chaotic universe. This central study examines both order and chaos within human society and the natural world. The initial focus is on social order and governance with a focus on political systems and persuasion. Students will develop and analyse their own persuasive speeches and will explore the role statistics plays in describing and influencing human behaviour. Humans as pattern makers will be a focus of a study examining the natural world utilising mathematical sequences and series to describe, analyse and artistically emulate patterns seen in nature. The final module has a focus on investigating complex systems in the modern world, how resistant they are to chaos and how machines are increasingly learning to control and predict them.

Students will work to develop their individual and collaborative work, and see the connections between the different curriculum areas.  Skills such as scientific inquiry, intertextual analysis and calculations are interleaved, drawing from content in Physics, Mathematics, English/EAL, Chemistry, and Biology.

This course is a part of the ASMS Central Study curriculum. All students study it as part of the 2-year Central Study Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to develop students that are able to be successful in a range of pathways beyond school and as successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.

Assessments throughout the Central Study are assessed against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards for Year 10 students and against Stage 1 Performance Standards from Mathematics, English/EAL, Scientific Studies and Integrated Learning for Year 11 students.