Year 12 - History – Revolutions Unit 3-4


Would you like to reinvent the society you live in today? What would you revolutionise?  Few events in history are as momentous or complex as revolutions. Growing out of a desire for new and better societies, they generate powerful forces for change along with unintended consequences. Revolutions can bring hope, liberation, transformation, dispossession, civil war, terror and corruption.

The French, American, Chinese or Russian Revolutions are options available in this course.  More recently, the Chinese and Russian Revolutions have been the focus at MFG.  You will begin your study learning about the overthrow of the old imperial regimes and the resulting new communist societies.  You will discover how both revolutions are of global significance in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

You will study one revolution in Unit 3 and the other revolution in Unit 4, investigating:

  • the origins of the revolution
  • the role of ideas, leaders, movement and events in the revolution
  • the challenges faced by the emerging new order and the nature of the new society created by the revolution


You will be expected to complete all set coursework to achieve an ‘S’ for each unit.  In addition tasks will be set as School Assessed Coursework (SAC) for each area of study in Unit 3 and Unit 4.



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

  • a device to access the world wide web, Compass and to use selected Apps
  • ring binder with loose leaf paper or an exercise book for note taking
  • plastic pockets to store handouts and submit work
  • pens, pencils and other stationery
  • your textbook