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Summary of the ACARA Modern History Curriculum (Draft) Australia 2010

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  • 1. Australian Curriculum:
    Senior History DraftSummary
    (Australia) March 2010
    Modern History: Years 11 & 12
    Summarised from Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Australian Curriculum Documents [May 2010]
    Annabel Astbury
    History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
  • 2. Skills: Years 11 & 12
    Knowledge: Years 11 & 12
    Historical skills & knowledge
    Historical questions and research
    Analysis and use of sources
    Perspectives and interpretations
    Comprehension and communication
    Key events, people and ideas
    Evaluating significant historical debates
    Working with sources
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 3. Stage of learning: Years 11 &12 Basic Structure
    Two courses for Years 11 & 12 will be offered:
    Ancient History: 4 Units over Years 11 & 12
    Modern History: 4 Units over Years 11 & 12
    • Units for each course will be taken sequentially.
    • 4. At this stage, students in Year 12 will continue with the course that they have commenced in Year 11. (IE: Students cannot do Units 3 & 4 of the different history)
    Organisation of Content
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 5. Unit 1: Investigating Modern History (Year 11)
    Organisation of Content
    Unit 2a: The Nation State and National Identity
    Unit 2b: Recognition and Equality
    Choose One: Year 11
    Unit 3a: International tensions and conflicts
    Choose One: Year 12
    Unit 3b: Revolutions
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Unit 4: Asia & Australia 1937 – 2000 (Year 12)
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 6. Unit 1: Investigating Modern History (Year 11)
    Content: Unit 1
    In this unit students undertake 2 case studies:
    • World War One
    • 7. One of the following economic, political, cultural and social debates:
    The nature of industry and technology at the turn of the 20th century and the distribution of benefits
    Changing roles and experience in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
    The impact of the media, art, literature and entertainment on social change in the 20th century
    The ideas that shaped the modern era in the late 19th century
    The changing nature of international tension in the second half of the 20th century – motives, perspectives and methods used to achieve goals
    This is a compulsory unit.
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 8. Unit 2a: The Nation State and National Identity (Year 11)
    Content Unit 2a
    In this unit students study key events of the first half of the 20thcentury.
    Students study:
    • onenation state and
    • 9. an individual.
    Contexts for study include:
     
    Australia 1880s – 1945
    Germany 1870s – 1945
    India 1850s – 1947
    Japan 1850s – 1941
    USA 1890s – 1945
    • This unit is one of two choices offered at Unit 2.
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 10. Unit 2b: Recognition and Equality (Year 11)
    Content: Unit 2b
    In this unit students study the struggle of oppressed and disadvantaged peoples.
    Students study:
    • onestruggle for recognition and
    • 11. one struggle for equality
    Contexts for study are:
    Women’s study for equality
    First nations and the struggle for recognition and equality
    (2 Indigenous societies studied. Australia and one of Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.)
    End of Apartheid in South Africa
    Civil Rights movement in the US
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    This unit is one of two choices offered at Unit 2.
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 12. Unit 3a: International tensions and conflict (Year 12)
    Content: Unit 3a
    In this unit students study the nature of conflict, the historical causes and consequences of conflict .
    Students study:
    • one international tension or conflict.
    Contexts for study include:
     
    The Cold War Era
    Conflict in the Middle East
    Decolonisation and independence in Asia and Africa
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    This unit is one of two choices offered at Unit 3.
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 13. Unit 3b: Revolutions (Year 12)
    Content: Unit 3b
    In this Unit students study the causes, course and consequences of Revolutionary change in the modern period.
    Students will study one of the following Revolutions:
    American
    French
    Russian
    Chinese
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    This unit is one of two choices offered at Unit 3.
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 14. Unit 4: Asia and Australia: 1937 – 2000(Year 12)
    Content: Unit 4
    In this unit students study the historical significance of WW2 in the Asia Pacific for Australia and Asian Nations.
    Students study the war in South east Asia and ONE Asian nation.
     
    The Asian Nations to choose from are:
    Indonesia
    Vietnam
    China
    Japan
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 15. When will the senior course be implemented in Victoria?
    It is expected that the new Australian curriculum for English, Mathematics, the Sciences and History will then be introduced in all Victorian schools and providers for students in P – 10 in 2012. This includes the new content and achievement standards and associated reporting of student achievement.
    For Years 11 and 12, it is expected that new Australian curriculum-based VCE courses in the subject areas of English, Mathematics, the Sciences and History will be introduced at Units 1 and 2 in 2013 and Units 3 and 4 in 2014.
    FAQs
    Will students be able to undertake a Unit 3 & 4 sequence only?
    This is still to be determined. There are still some important issues to decided by both ACARA and the local curriculum and assessment authorities regarding implementation.
    Will it be compulsory for all Australian students to undertake History at Years 11 & 12?
    No.
    How many hours is the senior history draft expected to be delivered in?
    The indicative time given to writers for each unit was 50 – 60 hours.
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Will Australian Curriculum courses be considered more important that state / territory offerings?
    No. When finalised, Australian Curriculum Courses will be implemented into the study design with other courses.
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010
  • 16. Consultation Opportunities
    You can contribute feedback:
    ACARA: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
    VCAA: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au
    HTAV: www.htav.asn.au
    Consultation forums will be held by the HTAV and VCAA throughout Victoria in June. Please see the websites for details.
    Australian Curriculum: HistoryDraft Summary
    Prepared by Annabel Astbury History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
    June 2010

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