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New syllabus guide: What's changed in History?

By Sam Di Sano on 8 February 2019NSWstaffroomSyllabusHistoryNew syllabus

In a nutshell

  • Ancient, Modern and Extension all have significant changes in structure and content;
  • Completely new syllabus topic: ‘The Shaping of the Modern World’, includes The Enlightenment, The French Revolution, The Age of Imperialism, and The Industrial Age;
  • Focus on key ideas and Western traditions including democracy, liberty, human rights and capitalism;
  • World War I is shifted from year 12 to year 11;
  • World War II topics retained;
  • Students must study a non-European or Western study;
  • Retained focus on Aboriginal history.

Ancient History

  • The core study, ‘Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum’, will remain the same;
  • The new syllabus will have a ‘Survey’ and a ‘Focus of Study’ for each topic;
  • ‘Historical concepts and skills are integrated’. Things, like analysing evidence and determining reliability, will be more intertwined with each module;
  • Asian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures can now be studied.

Modern History

  • Modern History will still focus on National Studies and Peace and Conflict. However, there is a new core study ‘Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919-1946’;
  • The new syllabus will have a ‘Survey’ and a ‘Focus of Study’ for each topic;
  • There is a greater focus on World War II’s impact on the modern world;
  • Students must now choose at least one non-Western or European topic;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures can now be studied.

Extension History

  • Extension History will continue to offer the students creativity and independence while providing a little more structure;
  • Key questions and case studies are now organised into sub-topics under Constructing History;
  • There are more case studies available;
  • There are now only three areas of debate, as opposed to five;
  • The Source Book of Readings has been removed.

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