Year 11 - 20th Century History Unit 1-2



Interested in the Holocaust, or the impact of the first atomic bomb?  How about 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.  You will explore post World War 1 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.  You will consider 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 you will study include the Korean Conflict, the Cold War, the rise and influence of popular culture, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.  You will also investigate al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and “the war on terror”.




Forms of assessment are varied and may include:  research assignments, digital media presentations, oral presentations, essays and biographical research.  You will also complete School Assessed Coursework (SACs) for each area of study in Unit 1 and 2.



You will need to bring the following materials to every class:


  • digital device
  • ring binder with lined paper or exercise book
  • pens and pencils
  • your textbook


Access to resources that will keep you well informed about the topics covered and issues is strongly advised.  This includes the world wide web.  You will also watch a range of world acclaimed films and documentaries in class.

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