Year 11 - 20th Century History Unit 1-2


Interested in the Holocaust, or the impact of the first atomic bomb?  How about the civil rights movements and the ‘space race’ of the 1960s; the Vietnam War protests and the music that defined a generation? These topics and much, much more are yours to study.


The first half of the twentieth century was marked by significant change. Up until World War I there was still a sense of a certain and natural order of society. This order was challenged and new movements emerged in response to economic, social and political crises and conflicts. This unit focuses on developments in Germany, including the rise of Nazism and the Third Reich, as well as changes in inter-war society and the emergence of many forms of cultural expression.



Following World War II the United States and the USSR emerged as new world superpowers. Despite advances in technology, diplomacy and efforts to improve the quality of life for humankind, wars and civil unrest continued to take a huge toll on human life across the globe. This unit considers some of the major themes of post-World War II history, and ways in which individuals and communities responded to political, economic, social and technological developments. Some of the major events and issues studied include the Korean Conflict, the Cold War, the civil rights movement, the rise and influence of popular culture, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The course also studies issues for the millennium, which includes human and civil rights, Taliban in Afghanistan, and “the war on terror”.



Forms of assessment are varied and may include

  • Research assignment
  • Digital Media presentation
  • Oral presentation
  • Essays
  • Biographical research
  • Exam
  • Mapping tasks



Laptop or other digital device

Ring binder with lined paper or exercise book

Plastic pockets

Pens and pencils

Access to resources that will keep students well informed about topics covered and issues is strongly advised.  This includes the world wide web.

Students will also watch a range of world acclaimed films and documentaries in class.


“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”

Winston Churchill.

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