The Year 11 course is structured to provide students with opportunities to develop and apply their understanding of methods and issues involved in the investigation of modern history. Students investigate various aspects of the modern world, including people, ideas, movements, events and developments.
The Year 12 course is structured to provide students with opportunities to apply their understanding of sources and relevant historiographical issues in the investigation of the modern world.
Topics studied in Year 11
- Topic 1: Investigating Modern History – The Nature of Modern History: Representations of the Past (historical films) and Contestability of the Past (The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy).
- Case Studies: Decline and Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Russia), The American Civil War AND The Meiji Restoration (Japan)
- Topic 2: Historical Investigation
- Topic 3: The Shaping of the Modern World – World War I and its role in the shaping of the modern world
Topics studied in Year 12
- Topic 1: Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919–1946
- Topic 2: National Studies – Russia and the Soviet Union 1917–1941
- Topic 3: Peace and Conflict – Conflict in Europe 1935–1945
- Topic 4: Change in the Modern World – Apartheid in South Africa 1960–1994
What do you do in this course?
Modern History allows students to analyse history and historical sources from multiple perspectives, which challenges students to think deeply about their world and their place in the world. It equips students with vocational skills such as the fluent communication of thoughts and ideas, critical analysis of sources and texts, posing intelligent questions, testing hypotheses and making critical decisions.
How can this course help you in the future?
Modern History equips students with vocational skills such as the fluent communication of thoughts and ideas, critical analysis of sources and texts, posing intelligent questions, testing hypotheses and making critical decisions. Modern History provides excellent background for University study in a wide range of fields involving analytical skills and many other vocations from journalism to lawyer.