Elective History

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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: Do the ends justify the means? – An examination of ethical dilemmas in history, including the bombing of Dresden, the industrialisation of the USSR, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb and the invasion of Iraq in 2003
  • CORE TOPIC 2: Piracy: From the Sea Peoples to Somalia –An investigation into piracy throughout history including ancient pirates, the Golden Age of Piracy (as depicted in Pirates of the Caribbean) and modern piracy in the Middle-East and Asia.
  • CORE TOPIC 3: Building Utopia: Athenian and Spartan visions for Ancient Greece – An investigation into how the Athenians and Spartans tried to create their own model Greek society.

Semester 2

  • CORE TOPIC 1:  Australian History Uncut – Students examine controversial episodes in Australian History including Black Caesar, the Frontier Wars, the Rum Rebellion, blackbirding, ANZAC misconduct and the testing of the atomic bomb in Maralinga.
  • CORE TOPIC 2: The History of Warfare – Students conduct an investigation into the nature of warfare from the Stone Age to the present.

Year 10 - Core Content

Semester 1

  • CORE TOPIC 1: 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.
  • CORE TOPIC 2: Ancient Egypt:  Akhenaten –An investigation using primary sources into the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten, examining his cultural, religious and political reforms and his foreign policy.

Semester 2

  • CORE TOPIC 1: The Meiji Restoration: Japan 1868-1905 – An examination into the transformation of Japan from a medieval society into a modern industrial and military power.
  • CORE TOPIC 2:Terrorism in World History: An investigation into the nature and causes of terrorism, examining Ancient History, the Middle Ages and terrorism in the Modern Age. A key focus is how terrorism is depicted in movies, such as Munich.