Subject Details - Stage 2 Modern History

SACE StageSACE Stage 2
SACE Credits20 credits
Curriculum AreaHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Length2 semesters
Contact PersonMr. Mathew Mason
DescriptionModern History requires students to engage with the dynamics of continuity and change across the historical periods that are included in the course. Students need to engage in analyzing the processes and causes involved in these continuities and changes. In order to achieve this goal, students and teachers will focus on a number of themes in developing unifying threads. The themes also provide ways to make comparisons over time and facilitate cross-period questions. Each theme should receive approximately equal attention over the course of the year.
TopicsStudents will study two units - one on Modern Nations and one on the World since 1945. They will compete an individual essay on a topic of their choice, provided it is historical in natural and covers a period of time predominately after the 1700's .

The first unit of study will include Topic 3: Germany (1918–48) from the SACE Curriculum. The changes in Germany in the period 1918–48 have had a profound impact on the history of Europe up to the present day. Students analyse ways in which these changes were shaped by internal and external forces and challenges. They undertake a study of the demise of an empire, the birth of a republic, the creation of a totalitarian dictatorship, a policy of military and territorial expansionism, and the institutionalisation of genocide.

A background study introduces students to the end of the First World War, when the catastrophic experience of total war had caused horrific losses to peoples and nations and left Germany a devastated and divided nation.

The following are focus areas for study in this topic:
• the liberal experiment
• the road to dictatorship
• the Nazi state in peace and war.

The second unit of study will include Topic 7: The Changing World Order (1945– ) from the SACE Curriculum. The end of the Second World War saw the emergence of new superpowers, primarily America and the Soviet Union. Contested spaces and opposing ideologies shaped global economics and politics. Students investigate ways in which the Cold War experience involved complex phases of reaction, reform, conflict, and compromise. They consider how leaders and movements rose and fell, while the issues of alliances, rivalries, and change continued.
The following are focus areas for study in this topic:
• the origins of the superpower rivalry
• the nature of the Cold War
• the end of the Cold War
• the consequences of the Cold War.
AssessmentThe following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Modern History:

School Assessment (70%)
• Assessment Type 1: Historical Skills (50%)
• Assessment Type 2: Historical Study (20%)
External Assessment (30%)
• Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)

Students provide evidence of their learning through seven assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:
• five historical skills assessments - with a combined word count of a maximum of 5000 words if written
• one historical study - with a word count of 2000 words
• one 2 hour examination.

Assessments may include multi-modal presentations, which allows students and teachers to demonstrate creativity.

It is anticipated that from 2018 all school assessments will be submitted electronically. Student adherence to deadlines will be critical for success.
Relationship To Further StudyUniversity 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.

Post-secondary careers in policing also benefit from the skills and knowledge developed in History.
PrerequisitesStudents who choose to undertake History MUST have achieved a:

C+ or higher in History (Stage I) OR
C+ or higher in Stage I English (English Essentials is not appropriate!) OR
B or higher in EALD.

History is a literacy rich subject and students require strong communication skills to be successful in this course. Students will build these skills to a degree in class, but will need to be willing to focus and explore their literacy as well as explore the curriculum content.
CostsStudents will throughout the year be required to attend relevant excursions to build their academic library and make more powerful links to their learning.