Modern History (Units 1 & 2) ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
Humanities and Social Sciences Grade B/ Exam 65%
Students should also be enrolling in English ATAR or Literature ATAR
Course Description:

History is the study and practice of making meaning of the past with a view to understanding the present. It engages us with the ideas, beliefs and values that shape and influence our lives. This History unit in Year 11 is studied in two different contexts but focuses on building skills that will be used through to Year 12.

Unit 1: Understanding the Modern World
Topic: Capitalism - The American Experience (1907-1941)
This unit examines the significance of developments modern era, including the ideas that inspired them, and their far-reaching consequences. This will be investigated through the development of Capitalism in America, which was a fascinating time that saw the rise of monopolies, US world economic dominance, and birth of consumer culture. We will consider the impact that these developments had on the leadership, politics, economy, social/ cultural groups, international relations and ideas.
Points of interest include: rise of monopolies and extreme wealth, the involvement of US in WW1, flappers, gangsters and rise of the KKK during the 1920’s, and the causes and   impacts of one of the world’s worst economic crisis - The Great Depression.
Unit 2: Movements for change in the 20th Century
Topic: Nazism in Germany
This unit examines significant movements for change in the 20th Century that led to change in society, including people’s attitudes and circumstances. This will be investigated   through the development of Nazism in Germany, which saw a failed artist become one the world’s best-known dictators and sparked one of the most horrific solutions to a political problem - the Holocaust. We will consider the impact that the rise of fascism and Nazism in Germany had on the ideas, social groups, international relations, economy, politics and leadership during the era.
Points of interest include: The impact of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany, the establishment and growing influence of the Nazi Party, Hitler’s rise to power, and the Holocaust.
Course Assessment:
Historical Inquiry - 20%
Explanation - 20%
Source Analysis - 20%
Exam - 40%
Note – A detailed assessment outline will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Note – A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Further Study:
Year 12 Modern History (Units 3 & 4) ATAR
Additional Information:
Through this course, students benefit from acquiring the literacy skills of the discipline of history such as critical thinking, research, analysis and effective written expression. These skills equip students for a world changed and linked by information and communication technology and prepare them for lifelong learning. Students are well prepared for careers involving policy-making, administration and research. Learning the skills of critical inquiry is essential for people working in business, government, law, health, science, academia, industry, tourism, environment, media and the arts.