VCE | History
History: 20th Century | Unit 1
Students explore the nature of political, social and cultural change in the period between the world wars. The period after World War One was characterised by significant social and cultural change in the contrasting decades of the 1920s and 1930s.
In the first area of study students explore the events, ideologies and movements of the period after World War One; the emergence of conflict; and the causes of World War Two. They investigate the impact of the treaties which ended the Great War and which redrew the map of Europe.
In the second area of study students focus on the social life and cultural expression in the 1920s and 1930s and their relation to the technological, political and economic changes of the period.
VCAA History Study Design
AREAS OF STUDY
Ideology and conflict
Social and cultural change
History: 20th Century | Unit 2
Students explore the nature and impact of the Cold War and challenges and changes to existing political, economic and social arrangements in the second half of the twentieth century which was dominated by the competing ideologies of democracy and communism.
In the first area of study students focus on causes and consequences of the Cold War; the competing ideologies that underpinned events, the effects on people, groups and nations, and the reasons for the end of this sustained period of ideological conflict.
In the second area of study students focus on the ways in which traditional ideas, values and political systems were challenged and changed by individuals and groups in a range of contexts during the period 1945 to 2000. Students explore the causes and consequences of significant political and social events and movements.
AREAS OF STUDY
Challenge and change
History: Revolutions | Units 3 + 4
Revolutions are caused by the interplay of ideas, events, individuals and popular movements. In Revolutions, students investigate the causes and consequences of the French and Russian revolutions.
In the first area of study students analyse the long-term causes and short-term triggers of revolution. For France this includes topics such as the Enlightenment, the role of the monarchy, revolt of the Notables, Estates General, Storming of the Bastille and August Decrees. For Russia, students study topics such as the impact of World War I on Tsarist Russia, Bloody Sunday, February and October 1917 revolutions.
In area study two, students analyse the consequences of the revolution and evaluate the extend to which it brought social, political, economical and cultural change to society. They investigate the challenges that confronted the new regime and evaluate how the regime responded.
Studying at least one semester of History in either Unit 1 or Unit 2 is advantageous.
AREAS OF STUDY
Causes of revolution
Consequences of revolution
School assessed coursework for Units 3 & 4 will contribute 50% to the final assessment.
The end of year examination will contribute 50% to the final assessment.
Students who have studied History are valued for their skills in research, analysis and critical thinking. These skills are utilised in areas such as: journalism, media, marketing, tourism, teaching, librarian, academia, heritage consultancy, public history and restoration projects, archives, curating, museum conservator, foreign affairs, research analyst, lawyer, anthropology and archaeology.