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NSW Syllabuses

Modern History Life Skills Stage 6 Course Description

Course No: TBC

2 units for Year 11 (Preliminary) and Year 12 (HSC).
Board Developed Course.

Exclusions:

Modern History, History Extension

Course Description

The Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills course is one of eight Stage 6 Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Life Skills course options.

The Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills course aligns with the rationale, aim and objectives of the Stage 6 Modern History course. The Life Skills content has been developed from the Modern History syllabus to provide opportunities for integrated delivery.

The Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills course provides opportunities for students to explore the forces that have shaped the modern world. Students explore key events, developments, movements, individuals and groups of the recent past to develop an understanding of how these have impacted our world. Students are also provided with opportunities to participate in historical investigations to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills of historical inquiry.

Study in the Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills course contributes to students’ skills in locating, selecting, organising, planning and presenting information within an historical context.

Content

The structure of the Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills course allows for a broad and balanced program that reflects the needs of students within the context of the collaborative curriculum planning process.

The course is organised into topics and case studies:

  • Investigating Modern History
  • The Nature of Modern History
  • Case Studies
  • Historical Investigation
  • The Shaping of the Modern World 1919–1946
  • Power and Authority in the Modern World
  • National Studies
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Change in the Modern World.

The topics and case studies provide possible frameworks for addressing the Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills outcomes and content, and are suggestions only. The course provides flexibility to develop programs appropriate to the needs, strengths, goals, interests and prior learning of students. 

Course Requirements

Life Skills courses are for students with special education needs, particularly those with an intellectual disability, who are unable to access the outcomes of the regular courses, even with adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment.

On entering students for the Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills course, the principal is certifying that each student is eligible and the decision is the result of the collaborative curriculum planning process.

Students are expected to address or achieve one or more of the Stage 6 Modern History Life Skills outcomes. They need not address or complete all of the content to demonstrate achievement of an outcome.