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Curriculum content descriptions

Cultural achievements of the Khmer civilisation, including its system of water management and the building of the temples of Angkor (ACDSEH061)

Elaborations
  • describing the main features of the water management system at Angkor (for example, the extensive use of reservoirs and canals)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Cambodian history,  Heritage,  Water resources,  Temples

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Zhou Daguan's account of Medieval Angkor

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Mysteries of Angkor

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Ancient Chinese civilisation

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Severe erosion in the Upper Murray River

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Indus Valley Civilisation

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The role of the Nile in Ancient Egypt

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