Course evaluation will be a continuous process. Teachers will meet regularly to discuss the content of the course and any requirements for modification of activities, teaching strategies and assessment instruments. The current trends and innovations in the teaching of Pre Modern History will be considered as teachers attend workshops, seminars and participate in discussion groups with other teachers such as on Moderation Day.
Teachers will monitor student performance and progress and student responses to various teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Students and teachers will complete evaluation questionnaires at the end of each unit. The results of these will be collated and reviewed from year to year. There will also be a continuous monitoring of student numbers between Years 11 and 12.
Informal discussions between teachers and students, past students, parents and other teachers will contribute to the evaluation of the course.
In the process of evaluation; students, teachers and others should, as appropriate, consider:
Are the course and Course Framework still consistent?
Were the goals achieved?
Was the course content appropriate?
Were the teaching strategies used successful?
Was the assessment program appropriate?
Have the needs of the students been met?
Was the course relevant?
How many students completed the course in each of the years of accreditation?
Unit 1: Transformation Value 1.0
Unit 1a: Transformation Value 0.5
Unit 1b: Transformation Value 0.5
Students are expected to study the accredited semester 1.0 unit unless enrolled in a 0.5 unit due to late entry or early exit in a semester.
Duplication of Content
The unit provides an introduction to the pre modern world. It looks at the factors that transformed societies in this period. It also explores the problematic and contestable nature of the evidence, both written and archaeological, that has survived. The fragmented nature of the evidence requires students to develop techniques for analysing historical silences. In addition, students will investigate the contested nature of interpretations and representations of this evidence. This unit focuses on issues relevant to the investigation of the pre modern world and builds on the historical skills developed in the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum to develop an introduction to historiography.
The unit provides an opportunity to select ONE or TWO of the electives listed with a close study of at least ONE of the topics in each. It is strongly advised that, in order to reach appropriate depth, teachers select no more than THREE topics in total.
For the standard (1.0) unit, students investigate the significant issues related to TWO of the electives listed with a consideration of the historical issues in relation to a chosen historical period or phenomena. It is strongly advised that, in order to reach appropriate depth, teachers select no more than THREE historical issues in total.
Big Trouble in Western Europe
Islam and the Rest
Invasion and Assimilation
The Sky is Falling
An alternative study of a transformative epoch in a pre modern society may also be chosen. Any alternative elective should be chosen on the basis that the transformation has been interpreted and represented in different ways, and has been the subject of some controversy.
For the half standard (0.5) unit, students investigate the significant issues related to at least ONE of the electives with a consideration of the historical issues in relation to a chosen historical period or phenomena.
Historical Contexts and Issues
Big Trouble in Western Europe
the reasons for transformation and how the society became transformed
conditions in the society prior to transformation, with specific reference to the politics, economy, culture, religion and daily life
the economic, demographic and environmental challenges to Western European Societies
the emergence of internal and external forces for change and transformation and their relative significance
the nature of resistance to change and transformation