Term 1 – History of Antiquity
This unit begins with a study of ancient Greek culture, focussing on their art, religion, politics and warfare. Students will learn why the Greeks had such a lasting influence on Western civilisation. The public and private life of Alexander the Great will explored in first term. By contrasting a number of biographies written in the century after his death, students will see the varying depictions of this monarch’s life and conquests. Students will also study the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. A range of ancient historians will be examined, allowing students to observe the different approaches to history that were common in that period.
Term 2 – Medieval History
Second term looks at the medieval period, beginning with the Roman occupation of Britain, then the migration of the Angles and Saxons and finally the Norman invasion. Other topics covered include the rise of feudalism, the secular power of the popes of that period, and the influence of the major monarchs of Europe on Christendom.
Term 3 – Renaissance History
This subject will address the shift of attitudes and ideas from the Middle Ages into the early modern period, with a focus on the birth of humanism and the scientific revolution. Students will learn about the great thinkers of this age and the social and religious tensions that surrounded them. Prominent figures of science such as Galileo, Copernicus, Newton and Bacon will be studied. The causes and ramifications of the Reformation will be explored.
Term 4 – Modern History
This subject covers some major trends and events of the 19th and 20th centuries in the Western world: industrialisation, the totalitarian ideologies and regimes, the world wars, multiculturalism. The term concludes with an overview of Australian history.