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Stage 1 Modern History

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Where does it lead?

Modern History involves the study of the changes within the world since 1750, examining developments and movements, the ideas that inspired them and their short and long-term consequences on societies, systems and individual. This is a literacy based subject with an emphasis on research, sources analysis and written and oral communication. This subject, then, is an ideal preparation for a large range of tertiary courses, particularly the study of History, Politics and International Studies and Sociology. There are no formal prerequisites. While not essential, this subject provides an excellent background for Stage 2 Modern History and/or Politics.

What is in the course?

The course introduces students to the impacts of developments and movements on people’s ideas, perspectives, circumstances, and lives. They investigate ways in which people, groups and institutions challenge political structures, social organisation, and economics models to transform societies.

Topics area include:

• Cuban Missile Crisis
• New York City
• Intelligence Failures
• Thatcher and Thatcherism


  • In-Class Essay
  • Oral Presentation
  • Research Essay
  • Examination


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