Modern History (T/A)

 Through the study of History students will develop a range of skills and an understanding of the changing nature of human experience over time.  They will acquire a perspective that gives them a clearer insight into many of the issues facing the modern world.  This course is designed for those students with a general interest in History as well as those who wish to develop an understanding of world affairs and improve their research, writing and communication skills.  Such skill development is an asset for students continuing to tertiary studies in Law, Economics, History, Journalism and related areas.

The Australian Curriculum units below are designed for study at both ‘T’ and ‘A’ level.  Students studying the ‘T’ level course will be expected to cover the content in greater depth and display greater sophistication in their skill development.

 

Course Units

Understanding the Modern World

This unit investigates key developments that have helped define the modern world: their causes, the different experiences of individuals and groups and their short and long-term consequences. Students will encounter ideas that both inspired and emerged from these developments and their significance for the contemporary world. The French Revolution and the Russian Revolution will be focus topics in this unit.

 

Change in the 20th Century

This unit examines significant movements, developed in response to the ideas studied in Unit 1 that brought about change in the modern world and that have been subject to political debate. The unit focuses on the ways in which individuals, groups and institutions have challenged authority and transform society. The Women’s movement and The Civil rights movement in the USA will be focus topics in this unit.

 

Modern Nations

This unit helps students understand the characteristics of modern nations, the internal divisions and external threats that they encountered, and the different experiences of individuals and groups within those states. It will allow students to understand the significance of the changes experienced by modern nations and the different paths of development they have taken. Germany (1918-1945) and Japan (1931-1967) will be focus topics in this unit.

 

The Modern World since 1945

This unit focuses on the distinctive features of the modern world that emerged in the period 1945-2010. It aims to build students’ understanding of the contemporary world – that is, why we are here now. The Changing World Order will be the focus topic in this unit.

 

Assessment Requirements

Tertiary

Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks:

  • Oral Presentations – 10-12 mins
  • Research Essay – 1000-1500 words
  • Examinations – 90 minutes
  • Creative Responses – creative component and rationale.

 

Accredited

Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks:

  • Oral Presentations –8-10 mins
  • Research Essay – 700-800 words
  • Examinations –60 mins
  • Creative Responses – creative component and rationale

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