Subject Details - Stage 1 Modern History A

SACE StageSACE Stage 1
SACE Credits10 credits
Curriculum AreaHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Length1 semester
Contact PersonMr. Mathew Mason
DescriptionStage I History has a new curriculum for 2018. There are two topics of study:

The first unit examines developments of significance in the modern era, including the ideas that inspired them and their far-reaching consequences. Students examine ONE topics, including at least ONE study of a development or turning point that has helped to define the modern world. Students will explore these crucial changes in terms of revolution, specifically the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism.

The second unit examines significant movements for change in the 20th century that led to change in society, including people’s attitudes and circumstances. In the first semester, this will include the study of Decolonisation, with a focus on the Vietnam War.
TopicsWith the new curriculum students will study the following topics:

One of:
• Revolution and Change, focussing on the Russian Revolution


One of
• Decolonisation, focussing on the Vietnam War.
AssessmentAssessment at Stage 1 is school-based. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:
• Folio
• Sources Analysis
• Investigation.

Folio tasks include heavy literacy requirements but also include a focus on creative tasks to encourage historical empathy. The Investigation provides students with a chance to select one topic of interest from the modern era and design their own research topic.

An end of semester exam is compulsory and will contribute to the grade.
Relationship To Further StudyModern History (Stage II)
Society and Culture (Stage II)
Philosophy (Stage II)
Legal Studies (Stage II)
Women's Studies (Stage II)
Business and Enterprise (Stage II)
Tourism (Stage II)

University courses in International Relations, Politics, Law, History, Anthropology, Education, Journalism, Tourism and Social Sciences.
TAFE courses in Women's Studies, Child Studies, Education, Legal Applications, Journalism, Tourism and Social Sciences.
PrerequisitesStudents who choose to undertake Senior History MUST have achieved a C or higher in either:

History (Year 10 or higher) OR English (Year 10 or higher).

History is a literacy rich subject and students require strong communication skills to be successful in this course.