Year 12 – Modern History

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: HASS Leader

Recommended Background

Grade C or higher in Stage 1 English or Stage 1 English Literary Studies.

Satisfactory completion of one of Stage 1 History would be an advantage.

Course Description

Topic 1: United States of America (1914-1945)
Topic 2: The Changing World Order (1945-present)

In the United States of America (1914 – present) topic, students will explore elements of USA’s society, responses to the Great Depression, foreign policy and the emergence of the nation as a global superpower. In addition to this students will also explore political ideologies and the origins, nature, course and consequences of the Cold War up to the present day.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based Assessment:

  • Folio (50%): Five historical-skills tasks based on the United States and the Changing World Order
  • Inquiry (20%): An historical study into an aspect of the world since c1750.

External Assessment:

  • Examination (30%).