Modern History

LevelStage 2
Learning AreaHASS
SemesterFull Year
Pre-requisiteNone required
Additional CostsNone required
SACE Credits20

Who is this course for?

Stage 2 Modern History is for students who are interested in understanding the story behind the development of the Modern World and International Relations as we see them today, and for those interested in understanding the past to better contribute to the future.

Students in History should have curiosity, sound literacy and communication skills, and independent learning skills.

Students must be willing to spend 5 to 6 hours per week outside of the 50 minute lesson time on course learning requirements.

What will I learn?

In Modern History you will study two topics throughout the year to explore the development of the Modern World throughout the 20th Century. The topics studied include a deep dive into one nation from the Modern era, to build an understanding of the concepts of ‘nation’ and ‘state’ and the social, political, and economic changes that shaped the development of the selected nation; and examine some significant and distinctive features of the world since 1945, to build an understanding of the contemporary world.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about a Modern History topic of choice through an independent Historical Study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Type 1: Historical Skills 50%

You will apply your skills of historical inquiry to research, explore, interpret and communicate your understandings of ideas, people and events in history. You will complete five tasks that together total 5,000 words (or equivalent in multimodal form).

Assessment Type 2: Historical Study 20%

You will undertake an individual historical study in an area of interest. The study needs to be an aspect of the world since 1750. This is a 2,000-word essay (or equivalent in multimodal form).

Assessment Type 3: Exam - Externally accessed 30%

This is a two-hour online exam that is set and marked by the SACE board. You will be required to write one essay and to complete a source analysis.


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Last updated: 02 August 2023