Modern History (Units 3 & 4) - ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
C Grade or better in Modern History (Units 1 & 2) - ATAR
Enrolment in English (Units 3 & 4) - ATAR or Literature (Units 3 & 4) - 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. It develops student understandings of the world we live in today and how past events resonate into the future.
Unit Three: Modern Nations in the 20th Century
Unit elective: Russia and the Soviet Union 1914-1945.
This unit examines the characteristics of the modern nations in the 20th century; the crisis that confronted nations, their responses to these crises and the different paths nations have taken to fulfil their goals.
We will investigate this idea through the context of Russia and the Soviet Union. Students will investigate the Bolshevik Revolution which challenged the stability of government, the development and means of achieving communism in the newly formed Soviet Union, the significance of key figures such as Stalin, and how the world responded to the growing influence of Soviet communism. We will consider the impact this had on the economy, ideas, social groups, politics, international relations and leadership during the era.
Unit Four: The Modern World Since 1945
Unit Elective: The changing European world since 1945
This unit examines the significant and distinctive features of the modern world within the time period of 1925-2001 in order to build the students understanding of the contemporary world-that is, why we are here at this point in time. 
This will be investigated through examining the changing European world since 1945, which includes the origins and development of the Cold War, evolving ideas such as communism and capitalism, key events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Arms race, the unification of Germany and pulling down of the Berlin Wall, and the formation of the European Union. We will consider how these events and ideas impacted the economy, ideas, social groups, politics, international relations and leadership during the era.
Course Assessment:
Historical Inquiry - 20%
Source Analysis - 20%
Essays - 20%
Tests & Examinations - 40%

Note – A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
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.