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Course: Modern History

Course No: 15270

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course

Exclusions: NIL



The Preliminary course is structured to provide students with opportunities to investigate the role of key features, issues, individuals, groups, events and concepts from the C18th to the present using the methods of historical inquiry.

The HSC course provides the opportunity for students to investigate in depth a source-based study of Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919–1946. They also study key features and issues in the history of ONE country during the C20th and ONE international study in peace and conflict and ONE aspect of change in the modern world.



Preliminary Course

Part 1:

  • Investigating Modern History
  • The Nature of Modern History
  • Case Studies


Students undertake:

  • at least ONE option from ‘The Nature of Modern History’, AND at least TWO case studies
  • ONE case study must be from Europe, North America or Australia.
  • ONE case study must be from Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East or Central/South America.


Part II: Historical Investigation (20%)

The investigation can be either integrated into any aspect of the Preliminary course or attempted as one project, individually or as part of a group.


Part III: Students investigate forces and ideas that shaped the modern world through a study of key events and developments and the meaning of modernity.

  • At least ONE study from ‘The Shaping of the Modern World’ is to be undertaken.
  • A range of possible studies is provided within ‘The Shaping of the Modern World’ section of this syllabus.


HSC Course

Part I: Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919–1946 (25%)

Part II: ONE from ‘National Studies’ (25%)

Part III: ONE from ‘Peace and Conflict’ (25%)

Part IV: ONE from ‘Change in the Modern World’ (25%)



In the Preliminary course, ONE Case Study must be from Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East or Central/South America. The Historical Investigation and choice of Case Study must not overlap or duplicate significantly any topic attempted for the HSC Modern History or History Extension courses.