Modern History General

What is GENERAL Modern History all about?

Have you ever wondered why we have voting to change our system of government and other countries change governments through revolution? This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the history of Russia focusing on the abdication of the Tsar, the disappearance of Anastasia and exploring life under both Lenin and Stalin after the revolution.


Who should select these units in Year 11?

Students who have an interest in learning about people and events from the past and do not intend on going to University.



Upon successful completion of these units, students would progress to General Modern History Unit 3- Societies and Change and Unit 4-Historical Trends and Movements in Year 12.


Areas of Study

UNIT 1 – People, place and time

  •  Nicholas ll and Tsarist Russia
  • Daily life in Russia
  • War and revolution
  • History mystery- Anastasia

UNIT 2 – Power and Authority

  • Rise of Stalin
  • Russian Revolution and Civil War
  • Industrialisation and Collectivization
  • Terror, purges and gulags

To provide for different learning styles a variety of assessment tasks are used. For each course of study tasks are selected from:

  • Historical inquiry
  • Short answer tasks
  • Source Analysis Tasks
  • Essay/extended answer tasks
  • Tests

What is General Modern History all about?

Modern History is a fascinating course that explores some of the major events in world history. You will find the answers to questions such as: How did an isolated country like America come through two world wars and a great depression to become an economic powerhouse? How could people legally vote for a man like Adolf Hitler to rule them? Why did the Holocaust happen and why were the Jewish people targeted? There will be a major focus on key people and ideas significant in America and Germany during the 20th Century.


Who should select these units in Year 12?

This course would be useful for students who enjoy learning about the past and enjoyed studying General Modern History in year 11.

Students wanting to select General Modern History will need to have successfully completed year 11 and be willing to develop their analytical, research and writing skills.



This course will provide analytical, research and writing skills which are transferable to a range of career pathways.


Areas of Study


UNIT 3 – Understanding the modern world

  • USA and the capitalist experience
  • Economic boom of the 1920s.
  • Impact of WW1 and WW2 on America.
  • The Great Depression.


UNIT 4 – Movements for change in the 20th century

  • Nazism in Germany
  • Nature and key aspects of the Nazi state – Hitler’s control over society.
  • War, the persecution of the Jewish people and the Holocaust.


To provide for different learning styles a variety of assessment tasks are used. For each course of study tasks are selected from:

  • Historical Inquiry
  • Source Analysis
  • Cognitive test
  • Essay
  • Test