History

Ancient History (A/T/M)

The Ancient History curriculum enables students to study life in early civilisations based on the analysis and interpretation of physical and written remains. The ancient period, as defined in this curriculum, extends from the development of early human communities to the end of late antiquity AD 650, with a focus on the ancient societies of Europe, the Near East and Asia.

Hawker College students reconstruct the past using evidence from a range of literary, documentary, architectural and archaeological sources, and develop skills associated with the analysis and evaluation of historical sources. Students enjoy opportunities to join excursions to the National Library, the ANU Classics Museum and Sydney University’s Nicholson Museum. Students may specialise in a course or may ‘mix and match’ units to suit their interests. No previous study of History is required.

Modern History (A/T/M)

The Modern History curriculum enables students to study the forces that have shaped today’s world and provides them with a broader and deeper comprehension of the world in which they live. While the focus is on the 20th century, the curriculum refers to formative changes from the late 18th century onwards and encourages students to make connections with the changing world of the 21st century.

Hawker College students can deepen their knowledge about world-changing events in modern times, with a huge range of topics to choose from. For example, they can start with revolutions in France and America, move on to explore the women’s movement in Britain and Australia, focusing next on modern Japan or Germany, before looking at conflict in the Middle East and the Cold War. All students are welcome, including those who have not previously specialised in History.

Pre-Modern History (A/T/M)

The Pre-Modern History curriculum enables students to study life in the pre-modern period based on the analysis and interpretation of physical and written remains. The pre-modern period, as defined in this curriculum, is global in scope and covers the period c. 400-1750 CE.

Hawker College students can choose from many diverse cultures from the end of ancient times to the beginnings of the modern world – including ‘medieval’ history on a global scale. This course allows for fascinating comparisons of societies
undergoing historical change, such as transformations caused by Vikings, Golden Ages of Elizabethan England and Renaissance Florence, conflict in Japan and Peru, and power in France and Prussia. All students are welcome, including those who have not previously specialised in History.

PLEASE NOTE

Units from Ancient History, Modern History and Pre-Modern History can be combined to make a History minor, major, major minor or double major.