HSIE – Modern History

Modern History

An understanding of the Stages 4–5 (Mandatory) material is assumed knowledge for Modern History students in Stage 6.


Modern History Stage 6 is designed to enable you to acquire knowledge and understanding, the skills of critical analysis and synthesis, and values and attitudes essential to an appreciation of forces that have shaped the modern world; to develop a lifelong interest in the study of history; and to prepare you for informed and active citizenship in the contemporary world.

The study of Modern History Stage 6 has a distinctive role in the school curriculum as it challenges students to consider the great social, technological, economic, political and moral transformations from the late eighteenth century to the present. It requires students to analyse the causes, progress and effects of these transformations and, finally, to make judgements about them. Modern History Stage 6 is especially relevant to the lives of students, as the events and issues that form its content are, in many cases, still current.

The study of Modern History Stage 6 also contributes to the development of skills that are of great importance in today’s workforce. The fluent communication of thoughts and ideas gleaned from the critical analysis of primary and secondary sources is a sought after skill. The ability to deconstruct texts and narratives, pose intelligent questions, test hypotheses and make critical use of information technologies is essential to living and working in the twenty-first century

Preliminary Course
Part One: Case Studies (50%)
a) The Civil Rights Movement in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s
b) The origins of the Arab Israeli conflict 1890-1948

Part Two: Historical Investigation (20%)
The investigation can be integrated into any aspect of the Preliminary course and need not be completed as one project. It may be conducted individually or as part of a group.

Part Three: Cores Study (30%)
The world at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Students will investigate the Preliminary core study using a source-based approach.

Part I: Core Study: World War I 1914–1919: A Source-based Study  25%
Part II: 
ONE National Study 25%
Students investigate the key features and issues of USA 1919-1941
Part III: ONE Personality in the Twentieth Century 25%
Yasser Arafat 1929 to 2000
Through the study of Yasser Arafat, students gain an understanding of the role of this personality in a period of national or international history.
Part IV: ONE International Study in Peace and Conflict 25%
The Arab–Israeli Conflict 1948–1996
Students investigate key features and issues of ONE International Study in Peace and Conflict.