Modern History

Why should I study Modern History?

Students investigate the growth of modern nations at a time of rapid global change (post 1945). They study the interactions between nations through investigating the social, political, and economic changes that have shaped the development of modern nations.

Students will examine and explore the internal and external divisions that challenge nations and their impact on the contemporary world, construct reasoned historical arguments based on a critical understanding of evidence from sources and reflect on, and evaluate, the impacts of individuals and events.

Where does Modern History lead?

Future study/work:

  • Further undergraduate studies in the subject area
  • Gain an appreciation of other academic disciplines including; politics, legal studies, economics, sociology, philosophy, the science and the arts
  • Employment opportunities:
    • Historians, teachers, librarians, information managers, lawyers, diplomats, public officials

Personal development:

Students will develop a complex range of skills in:

  • Researching, evaluating and synthesizing information
  • Interpreting materials to find meaning
  • Problem solving and critical literacy
  • Communication of information and ideas

What work will I do in Modern History?

In-class learning tasks include:

  • Essays
  • Debates
  • Tutorials
  • Films
  • Source analysis
  • Podcasts
  • Presentations

What do other students think about Modern History?

Charlotte – Historical Study topic: Origins of the French Revolution
Joel – Historical Study topic: Comparative Study of the Battles of Kursk and Stalingrad in WWII
Tomas – Historical Study topic: Satsuma Rebellion in Meiji Japan

Where can I find more information about Modern History?

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