Modern History (Stage 2 TAS) 20 Credits, TAS 2 Semesters

Entry Recommendations: Satisfactory completion of Stage 1 History

The study of History gives students the opportunity to make sense of a complex and rapidly changing world by connecting the past with the present. Through the study of past events, people, actions, and societies, students gain insight into human nature and social constructs. Students will focus on two main areas of study from the 20th Century onwards.

Students will study one topic from Modern Nations and one topic from The World Since 1945. Students will also focus on a number of historical sources to improve their skills of critical analysis. Ultimately, a study of history will prepare students for a 21st Century workplace that demands skills in the areas of communication, individual thinking, and critical analysis.

Modern Nations

The World Since 1945

Topic 1: Australia (1901–56)

Topic 7: The Changing World Order (1945–   )

Topic 2: United States of America (1914–45)

Topic 8: Australia’s Relationship with Asia and the South Pacific Region (1945–    )

Topic 3: Germany (1918–48)

Topic 9: National Self-determination in
South-East Asia (1945–    )

Topic 4: The Soviet Union and Russia

Topic 10: The Struggle for Peace in the
Middle East (1945–    )

Topic 5: Indonesia (1942–2005)

Topic 11: Challenges to Peace and Security (1945–    )

Topic 6: China (1949–c.2012)

Topic 12: The United Nations and Establishment of a Global Perspective
(1945–    )


Students provide evidence of their learning through seven assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:

Schoolbased Assessment (70%)

  • Historical Skills 50%
  • Historical Study 20%

External Assessment (30%)

  • Exam 30%