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Modern history

Course description

The Year 11 course provides students with opportunities to develop and apply their understanding of methods and issues involved in the investigation of modern history. Students have the opportunity to engage in the study of a range of people, ideas, movements, events and developments that have shaped the modern world.

The Year 12 course provides students with opportunities to apply their understanding of sources and relevant issues in the investigation of the modern world. Through a core study, students investigate the nature of power and authority from 1919 to 1946. They also study key features in the history of one nation, one study in peace and conflict, and one study of change in the modern world.

What students learn

Year 11 course

The Year 11 course comprises three sections.

  • Investigating Modern History - Students undertake at least ONE option from ‘The Nature of Modern History’, and at least TWO case studies.
  • Historical Investigation
  • The Shaping of the Modern World - At least ONE study from ‘The Shaping of the Modern World’ is to be undertaken.

Historical concepts and skills are integrated with the studies undertaken in Year 11.

Year 12 course

The Year 12 course comprises four sections.

  • Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919–1946
  • One ‘National Studies’ topic
  • One ‘Peace and Conflict’ topic
  • One ‘Change in the Modern World’ topic