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History (A) - modern history

Level: 11 Stage 1
School code: 11MHA
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 1HSY10
SACE credits: 10


C or better in Year 10 Humanities.

Subject descriptor:

The study of history give students the opportunity to make sense of a complex and rapidly changing world by connecting past and present. Through the study of past events, actions and phenomena, students gain an insight into human nature and the ways in which individuals and societies function. Students research and review sources within a framework of inquiry and critical analysis.

This course looks at some of the key historical events, ideas and individuals that have helped to shape our contemporary world.

The course will cover two depth studies, which focus on the modern world from 1750AD.


Assessment at Stage 1 is school based. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

  • Folio
  • Sources Analysis
  • Investigation

These could include individual presentations, analysis of primary source material or secondary, essays and debates, an individual investigation with an end of Semester exam. This course provides students with investigative skills and a sound basis for Stage 2 History.

Further information

  • This is a language rich subject and students must be prepared to engage in signficant amounts of reading and writing.
  • Learning may be supported by an excursion and documentary and feature films.
  • Career links include management, the public service, law, journalism, foreign affairs, research-based work etc.