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Course - History Elective

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that helps to explain how people, events and forces from the past have shaped our world. It allows students to locate and understand themselves and others on the continuum of human experience up to the present. History provides opportunities for students to explore human actions and achievements in a range of historical contexts. Students become aware that history is all around us and that historical information may be drawn from the physical remains of the past as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence. The study of History provides students with an opportunity to critique the world in which they live, consider complex questions about human sin and be reminded of the need for a Saviour in Jesus Christ.

Objectives 

Students will develop: 

  • a knowledge and understanding of history and historical inquiry
  • a knowledge and understanding of past societies and historical periods
  • skills to undertake the processes of historical inquiry
  • skills to communicate their understanding of history.

Students will value and appreciate: 

  • history as a study of human experience
  • the opportunity to develop a lifelong interest in and enthusiasm for history
  • the nature of history as reflecting differing perspectives and viewpoints
  • the opportunity to contribute to a just society through informed citizenship
  • the contribution of past and present people to our shared heritage.

Course structure, content and requirements

Students may undertake either 100 or 200 hours of study in History Elective.

The History Elective course consists of three topics which include a range of options for study. The topics include:

  • Topic 1: History, Heritage and Archaeology
  • Topic 2: Ancient, Medieval and Modern Societies
  • Topic 3: Thematic Studies

Download the PDF (below) to get the full course description.

FAQ

Why consider history?

The study of History helps create good businesspeople, professionals, political leaders, lawyers, and administrators, to name a few. You could choose to pursue a career in history (historical research, museum work, media centres, teaching, film/TV consultant…), but most people who study history do not become professional historians – and that’s OK! 

Studying history has direct relevance to a variety of careers regarding both skills and knowledge. Historical study provides: a broad perspective on life; flexibility and creative thinking; research skills; the ability to find and evaluate sources of information; and the means to identify and evaluate diverse interpretations; writing and speaking skills; identification, assessment, and explanation of trends. Historical skills can lead to greater employment opportunities in many fields. 

Why choose History Extension?

History Extension is for you if…

  • You enjoy learning about history
  • You have an area of history that you are passionate about
  • You enjoy thinking, debating and questioning
  • You want to do a one unit extension subject 
  • You want to get a taster of tertiary style studies
  • You want to understand the nature of people better
  • You want to develop skills and understanding that will be helpful for life after school

Is History Extension similar to Modern or Ancient History?

NO. History Extension is quite different because its focus is on historiography. It is not centred on personalities, societies or events. Historiography is the study of historians and how the writing of history has changed over time.

How many units is History Extension?

History Extension is a ONE (1) unit subject.

Are there co-requisites?

It is only available for Year 12 students who have also chosen either Ancient and/or Modern History.

What will be study?

History Extension has two areas of study. 

Topic 1:  (Coursework) Constructing History (What is History?) & a Case Study
Topic 2:  History Project 

What is constructing history about?

Do you think you understand what history is? Think again. We will learn about different ideologies and methods of constructing history from the time of the Ancient Greeks to more recent perspectives such as Postmodernism, Orientalism, Marxism and key historians.

What are the four key questions for constructing history?
  1. Who are historians? 
  2. What are the purposes of history? 
  3. How has history been constructed, recorded and presented over time? 
  4. Why have approaches to history changed over time?
What is the topic of the case study?

Previous students have investigated debates about Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan Age, the historicity of Jesus Christ, Appeasement and JFK. There are many interesting case studies to choose from. All students in a cohort do the same case study.

What do I do for my history project?
  1. Choose and research your own historical investigation, 
  2. Propose your own inquiry question 
  3. Write a 2500 word extended response answering your inquiry question.
What are the assessment requirements?
  1. A total of THREE school-marked assessment tasks: Task 1. History Project proposal; Task 2. History project essay; Task 3. Trial Exam (2 essays in 2 hours on Topic 1)
  2. HSC Exam (2 essays in 2 hours on Topic 1)

How does this subject relate to life after school?

This subject is an excellent way to developing critical thinking and discernment for life after school. It is especially relevant for students considering tertiary study with the development of advanced academic skills and thinking. For example:

  • Investigation and research, source analysis, philosophical understanding and perspectives, essay writing and communication, ICT and oral presentation.
  • Tutorial based lessons.
  • Academic readings

If you have further questions, please contact:
HSIE Coordinator - Mr Anthony Pollard
apollard@covenant.nsw.edu.au