Year 10 History 2: Extreme Events

This semester-length unit investigates some of the most significant and extreme historical events during the modern period. From the dramatic upheavals of the French Revolution in 1789 to the horrors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, we look at how the world changed dramatically in short spaces of time. We understand the impact of the actions of individuals, groups and nations, and how one person can make a difference. This History elective provides a terrific preparation for studying Year 11 20th Century History and Year 12 Revolutions. Students are not required to complete History 1 to study History 2.

Historical knowledge and understanding

History 2 will focus on the following key topics:

  • The French Revolution.
  • The Russian Revolution.
  • The 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
  • Modern Terrorism.

Historical skills

During History 2 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.