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NSW Syllabuses

Modern History Stage 6 - Year 11 Historical Investigation


A student:

  • MH11-1

    describes the nature of continuity and change in the modern world

  • MH11-2

    proposes ideas about the varying causes and effects of events and developments

  • MH11-3

    analyses the role of historical features, individuals, groups and ideas in shaping the past

  • MH11-4

    accounts for the different perspectives of individuals and groups

  • MH11-5

    examines the significance of historical features, people, ideas, movements, events and developments of the modern world

  • MH11-6

    analyses and interprets different types of sources for evidence to support an historical account or argument

  • MH11-7

    discusses and evaluates differing interpretations and representations of the past

  • MH11-8

    plans and conducts historical investigations and presents reasoned conclusions, using relevant evidence from a range of sources

  • MH11-9

    communicates historical understanding, using historical knowledge, concepts and terms, in appropriate and well-structured forms

  • MH11-10

    discusses contemporary methods and issues involved in the investigation of modern history

Related Life Skills outcomes: MHLS6-1, MHLS6-2, MHLS6-3, MHLS6-4, MHLS6-5, MHLS6-6, MHLS6-7, MHLS6-8, MHLS6-9, MHLS6-10, MHLS6-11, MHLS6-12

  • Content Focus

  • Students engage in ONE historical investigation, through which they further develop their skills. 
  • The historical investigation is designed to provide opportunities for all students to further develop relevant investigative, research and presentation skills that are the core of the historical inquiry process. The outcomes addressed in the investigation build on those in the History Years 7–10 Syllabus. Modern History students will access the Year 11 outcomes at different levels depending on their previous experiences. The investigation also provides the context for a practical application of the general capabilities. 
  • The historical investigation should extend a particular area of individual student or group interest. The investigation can be integrated into any aspect of the Year 11 course and need not be completed as one project. It may be conducted individually or collaboratively. The Historical concepts and skills content is to be integrated as appropriate. 
  • Students should be encouraged to select a topic and presentation style that reflects their individual interests.
  • Possible historical investigations include:
  • aspects of society as revealed through sources
  • the causes and impacts of an historical event
  • the significance of an historical development
  • tracing the development of an aspect of the past over time through a thematic approach 
  • the analysis of an historical debate
  • the contribution of an historical site to our understanding of the past
  • constructions of the modern world
  • the nature of social and cultural change in a decade of the 20th century
  • an interpretation or representation of an individual, group or event. 
  • History Extension will further develop investigative, research and presentation skills for those students who choose to take the course. 
  • The investigation must not overlap with or duplicate significantly any topic to be attempted in the Year 12 Modern History or History Extension courses.
  • Content

  • The process of historical investigation involves:
  • planning and conducting historical investigations using historical concepts
  • formulating historical questions and hypotheses relevant to the investigation CCT
  • locating and interrogating a range of sources ICTL
  • identifying different perspectives evident in sources CCTEUIU
  • analysing sources for their usefulness and reliability for the question(s) asked CCT
  • developing and/or examining historical interpretations CCTICTL
  • using sources to develop a view about an historical issue CCTICTL
  • selecting and organising relevant information ICTL
  • synthesising evidence from a range of sources to develop and support a reasoned historical account or argument CCT
  • using historical terms and concepts appropriately L
  • presenting and communicating the findings of an historical investigation using appropriate and well-structured oral, written and/or multimedia forms, including ICT ICTL