World History: Conflict, Protest and Change
Semester Elective Unit
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This course reflects the Australian Curriculum and provides a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present. The 20th century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international co-operation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia's development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region, and its global standing.
- How did the nature of global conflict change during the Twentieth Century?
- What were the causes and consequences of World War II? How did these consequences shape the modern world?
- How was Australian society affected by other significant global events and changes in this period?
Areas of Study
World War II
- Students investigate wartime experiences through an in-depth study of the build-up to and course of World War II.
- This includes a study of the causes, events, outcome and broader impact of the conflict as an episode in world history, and the nature of Australia’s involvement.
Rights and Freedoms (1945 – present)
- Students investigate the struggle for human rights in depth, including how rights and freedoms have been ignored, demanded or achieved in Australia, South Africa and in the broader world context.
||Multimedia presentation on significant historical event from 1945 to present.
|Comparative Document Analysis
||Two separate document analyses on international conflict and protest movements of the twentieth century.
||Argumentative essay on impact and consequences of black consciousness on the abolition of apartheid in South Africa.
||Students undertake an examination at the conclusion of the course.