Modern History WACE 2015-6

Year 11 and Year 12 Modern History

Is Modern History for me?

Studying Modern History enables you to become a critical thinker and helps you to make informed judgements in a rapidly changing world. Through the process of historical inquiry, you will question and evaluate historical sources; identify various representations and versions of history; use evidence to formulate and support your own interpretations; and communicate your findings in a variety of ways.


If you have enjoyed History during Lower School that is a good indication. If you like to question why things happened and have an interest in the subjects studied here, that is a great place to start.


Ask your Humanities and Social Sciences (S&E) teacher whether they think you will comfortably cope with the demands of a TEE subject. Another good source of information are students in Year 11 and 12 at the moment. Ask them about Modern History—what is it like? They’ll give you a honest answer.


Watch the clip below for some more reasons why studying History is great!


Hopefully we’ll see you in February 2015!

Why Study History?

Year 11 Subject Content

Unit 1 - Understanding the Modern World

Capitalism – the American experience (1907–1941)



  • the main causes of the rise of capitalism in the USA, including the expansion of the railways
  • post-Civil War reconstruction; immigrant labour & mass production
  • role and impact of significant individuals e.g. Henry Ford
  • key ideas eg theories of capitalism & the American Dream
  • impact of WWI, film and fashion, prohibition and the ‘Jazz Age’
  • causes and consequences of the Great Depression and the New Deal
  • impact of capitalism on different groups e.g. African Americans, urban workers, rural workers, immigrants, industrialists, and members of Indian Nations; and the consequences of divisions


Click the clip below

- a trailer of The Untouchables movie - about prohibition in the USA

The Untouchables - Trailer - (1987) - HQ

Unit 2 - Movements for change in the 20th century

Nazism in Germany


· the economic, political and military circumstances in Germany at the end of WWI and how those circumstances contributed to the rise of Nazism

· Weimar Government and reasons for its failure

· reasons for the Nazi Party’s rise to power

· the nature and effects of key aspects of the Nazi state, including propaganda, terror, the Hitler Youth, women and the nature of opposition to the Nazis

· Nazi policies of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

· the role and impact of significant individuals in Weimar and Nazi Germany, for example, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Göring

· the legacy of Nazism after WWII


Click the clip below - a trailer for the drama/documentary Hitler - The Rise of Evil

Hitler: The Rise of Evil - Mini-Series Trailer

Type of Assessment in Year 11

There are four types of assessment for Modern History


  • Historical Inquiry
  • Explanation essay
  • Source analysis
  • End of unit examination

The exam is worth 30% of your unit mark

Year 12 Subject Content

Modern nations in the 20th Century

Russia and the Soviet Union 1914 - 1945



· an overview of Russia in 1914

· the significant ideas of the period, Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism

· impact of World War I; the causes, events and outcomes of the February and October Revolutions in 1917

· opposition to the Bolsheviks and the civil war

· changes that transformed Russia,and how they contributed to state control

· social/cultural impact of Bolshevism and Stalin’s Cultural Revolution to 1945, including women, nationalities, youth and education

· the impact of World War II and the methods that enabled the USSR to secure victory

· the role and impact of significant individuals in the period


The clip below looks at the February 1917 Revolution

The Russian Revolution - Part 1

The modern world since 1945

Australia's engagement with Asia



· impact of World War II on Australia and Asia, including the impact of the war with Japan

· Australia’s response to key developments in international relations, including the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Cambodia and East Timor

· formation of formal alliances and forums, including ANZUS

· significance of Australia’s immigration policies including the White Australia Policy, refugees from Asia; family reunions and asylum seekers

· influence of cultural ties with Asia, including travel, education, religion

· an overview of the changing nature and ongoing importance of Australia’s trade with Asia; a case study of the trade relations between Australia and EITHER China OR Japan

· the role of significant individuals during the period


The clip below explores the Australian involvement in the Vietnam War

Australians at War - Vietnam Part 1.wmv

Type of Assessment in Year 12

There are four types of assessment for Modern History


  • Historical Inquiry
  • Explanation essay
  • Source analysis
  • End of unit examination

The exam is worth 40% of your unit mark