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 Scientific Revolution, the Renaissance and Humanism, the Reformation and the Enlightenment led people to depend less on faith and more on reason. New ideas based on observation and experimentation emerged about anatomy, astronomy, art and architecture as well as notions about how society should be organized and the nature of the universe This semester-long course will chart a path through the period investigating the key ideas and discoveries of the time to identify turning points in human thought and progress. Students will have an opportunity to consider the origins of these big ideas and the impact they had at the time and on our lives 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 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. Research Assignments 40%
2. Class tests 30%
3. Examination 30% 



Group 3 - History
Year 11 and 12 - IB

History (Australian Curriculum)
Timbertop - Year 9

Middle School - Years 5 to 8