Year 10 History 1: the 20th Century

This course provides a study of the history of the modern world from 1918 to the present, with an added emphasis on Australia’s involvement in and impact on global events. Critical events such as the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement have transformed both the world and our own nation. As we study this period of political turmoil, global conflict and rapid change, we gain not only a better understanding of our world, but also the development of Australia’s increasingly important role in our region and world. We develop our historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives and empathy.

Key inquiry questions

The framework to develop our knowledge and skills is provided by these key questions:

  • How did the nature of global conflict change during the 20th Century?
  • What were the consequences of World War II, and how did they help to shape the modern world?
  • How was Australian society affected by significant global events and changes in this period?

Historical knowledge and understanding

History 1 will focus on the following key topics:

  • Overview of the Modern World and Australia from 1918.
  • World War II incl. Hiroshima and the Holocaust.
  • Civil Rights Movements.
  • Changes in popular culture (music, film, television and sport).

Historical skills

During History 1 students continue to build on the skills we have been developing since Year 7.

  • Use of chronology and historical terms and concepts.
  • Development of questioning and researching skills.
  • Analysing and using evidence to build an opinion.
  • Recognising different perspectives and interpretations of events.
  • Communicating using a range of forms and technologies.


In order to successfully complete the course students undertake the following assessment tasks to demonstrate evidence of their understanding.

  • Topic tests.
  • Research activities.
  • Formal essay.
  • Collaborative group work.
  • Document analyses.
  • Forum contributions.
  • Semester examination.