HISTORY - The History of Big Ideas


Either Semester

The period 1300 to 1700 AD witnessed the development of several major movements which brought about a shift in people’s perceptions of their place in the world and which went on to shape modern society. Ideas from the Renaissance and Humanism, the Scientific Revolution, the Reformation and the Enlightenment led to people depending less on faith and more on reason and experiments to explain the nature of the universe. New ideas emerged about anatomy, astronomy, art and architecture as well as notions about how society should be organized. This semester-long course will chart a path through the period investigating the key ideas and discoveries of the time. Students will have an opportunity to consider the origins of these ideas and the impact at the time and on us today.

This course provides students with the opportunity to build and develop historical and critical thinking skills crucial to the study of VCE and IB History and the Australian and Global Politics VCE course. Many of the themes studied in the elective will also provide excellent contextual knowledge for Senior studies in the Humanities, English Literature, the Arts and IB Theory of Knowledge.


1. Coursework/Source tasks  (30%)
2. Class tests  (30%)
3. Collaborative project  (20% )
4. Independent research project  (20%)



Group 3 - History
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Australian and Global Politics
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

History (Australian Curriculum)
Timbertop - Year 9

Middle School - Years 5 to 8