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Course details for HSM315115 Modern History

CodeHSM315115
TitleModern History
Learning AreaHumanities and Social Sciences
Available from01/01/2015
Available until31/12/2016
Size 15 credit points
Level3
Demonstrates TCE literacy standardYES
Demonstrates TCE numeracy standardNO
Demonstrates TCE ICT standardNO
Replaces the courseHSM315110
This course is not for use in 2017

This Modern History course enables learners to study the forces that have shaped today's world and provides them with a broader and deeper comprehension of the world in which they live. The focus is on the 20th Century and 21st Century from the end of World War I (1917/18) until 2010. Learners are encouraged to make connections with the changing world to the present and identify drivers of social, political and economic change, assessing the nature and impact of such changes in the modern history of some nations.

Modern History enhances learners' curiosity and imagination, and their appreciation of larger themes, individuals, movements, events and ideas that have shaped the contemporary world. The themes that run through the course include: modern democratic and totalitarian political systems; national and global conflicts and their resolution; nationalism and its consequences; the transformation of social, political and economic life; the regional shifts in power; the rise of China as a world power; international terrorism and globalisation; and the changing nature and influence of ideologies.

The Modern History course continues to develop the historical skills and understandings taught in the Foundation to Year 10 History curriculum. Learners pose increasingly complex questions about the past and use their historical inquiry skills, analytical skills and interpretation of sources to formulate reasoned answers to those questions. Learners develop an increasingly sophisticated skills in critical analysis, evaluation, synthesis, communication and understanding of the different and sometimes conflicting perspectives of the past.

Learners are introduced to the complexities associated with the changing nature of evidence, its contestability; the distinctive characteristics of modern historical representation; and the skills that are required to investigate controversial issues that have a powerful contemporary resonance. Learners develop increasingly sophisticated historiographical skills and historical understanding in their analysis of significant events and close study of the nature of modern societies.


Supporting documents

Modern History Assessment Report 2016
(Updated Feb 7, 2017)
Modern History Exam Paper 2016
(Updated Nov 25, 2016)
HSM315115 Modern History Assessment Report (2015)
(Updated Feb 2, 2016)
Modern History Exam Paper (2015)
(Updated Nov 27, 2015)

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