History: Modern History
Unit 1

 


Overview

Change and Conflict

Students explore the nature of political, social and cultural change in the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. World War 1 was a turning point in modern history and the period after World War One was characterised by significant social, cultural and technological change in the decades of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

In the first area of study students explore the events, ideologies and individuals who contributed to political and economic changes in the first half of the twentieth century and how these contributed to the causes of World War Two. They investigate the impact of the treaties which ended the Great War and which redrew the map of Europe.

In the second area of study students focus on the social life and cultural expression in the 1920s and 1930s and their relation to the technological, political and economic changes of the period.

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Unit Prerequisites

N/A

Areas of Study

  • Ideology and conflict
  • Social and cultural change

Unit Assessment

Assessment includes:

  • Essay
  • Document Analysis
  • Inquiry Task
  • Examination

Pathways

 

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History: Modern History
Unit 2

 


Overview

Students explore the nature and impact of the Cold War and challenges and changes to existing political, economic and social arrangements in the second half of the twentieth century which was dominated by the competing ideologies of democracy and communism.

In the first area of study students focus on causes and consequences of the Cold War; the competing ideologies that underpinned events, the effects on people, groups and nations, and the reasons for the end of this sustained period of ideological conflict.

In the second area of study students focus on the ways in which traditional ideas, values and political systems were challenged and changed by individuals and groups in a range of contexts during the second half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century. Students explore the causes and consequences of significant political and social events and movements.

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Unit Prerequisites

N/A

Areas of Study

  • Competing Ideologies
  • Challenge and change

Unit Assessment

Assessment includes:

  • Essay
  • Document Analysis
  • Inquiry Task
  • Examination

Pathways

 

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History: Revolutions
Unit 3+4

 

 


Overview

Revolutions are caused by the interplay of ideas, events, individuals and popular movements. In Revolutions, students investigate the causes and consequences of the French and Russian revolutions.

In the first area of study students analyse the long-term causes and short-term triggers of revolution. For France this includes topics such as the Enlightenment, the role of the monarchy, revolt of the Notables, Estates General, Storming of the Bastille and August Decrees. For Russia, students study topics such as the impact of World War I on Tsarist Russia, Bloody Sunday, February and October 1917 revolutions.

In area study two, students analyse the consequences of the revolution and evaluate the extent to which the revolution maintained continuity and brought change to society. They evaluate the success and outcomes of the new regime’s responses to challenges.

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Unit Prerequisites

Studying at least one semester of History in either Unit 1 or Unit 2 is advantageous.

Areas of Study

  1. Causes of revolution
  2. Consequences of revolution

 

Unit Assessment

  • School assessed coursework for Units 3 & 4 will contribute 50% to the final assessment
  • The end of year examination will contribute 50% to the final assessment

Pathways

Students who have studied History are valued for their skills in research, analysis and critical thinking. These skills are utilised in areas such as: journalism, media, marketing, tourism, teaching, librarian, academia, heritage consultancy, public history and restoration projects, archives, curating, museum conservator, foreign affairs, research analyst, lawyer, anthropology and archaeology.

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