Elective History

Group A Elective

Elective History

The History courses in Years 9 & 10 are designed to give the student a broader understanding of world history from ancient times to the modern world. While it is not possible to cover every aspect of history in this period students will examine a range of historical studies and target the forces that create change in and between nations – political, economic and social – that are as relevant today as in the periods where they first occurred.

History is also helpful in developing certain skills necessary for a student’s future education. There is a strong concentration on the development of research and writing skills to enable a student to present a logical argument in written form. This is a necessary grounding for the pursuit of any future courses of study that involve assessment in essay or research assignment form.

The courses are both relevant and challenging and will give the student a firm basis from which to pursue the study of history in senior years in either the HSC or IB. The courses are also enjoyable in that they enable students to study societies that are very different from their own.

Year 9 - Core Content

Semester 1

  • CORE TOPIC 1: The Golden Age of Ancient Greece – The rise of Athens under Themistocles and Pericles, Spartan society and the Persian Wars. Art, architecture and trade.
  • CORE TOPIC 2: Warfare in the Ancient World – The development of warfare, weaponry and tactics in the Ancient world with a focus on the political, economic and social systems that supported them.

Semester 2

  • CORE TOPIC 1: The American Civil War – Causes and Course of the Civil war: slavery, state’s rights vs the Union and the impact of industrialised warfare.
  • CORE TOPIC 2: Guided Inquiry – Imperial Japan 1868-1941 – Industrialisation, imperial expansion and warfare. Japan’s transformation and its impact on Asia.

Year 10 - Core Content

Semester 1

  • CORE TOPIC: Germany and the Soviet Union at War 1941-1945 – A study of the impact of Total War, technology and strategies of both the Nazi invasion and the Soviet path to victory and the impact on civilian populations.
  • HEROES AND VILLAINS OF HISTORY: Historical Investigation – Personality study of a famous or infamous personality of your choice in History. Students will present their own research and written investigation on this.

Semester 2

  • CORE TOPIC: Europe and the Cold War 1945 – 1990 –The division of Europe after WW2, Capitalism and Communism, reconstruction, NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism.
  • Terrorism in World History: A study of the origins of terrorist organisations and their methods including how they spread and were adapted to the to the politics of the Modern World.