HISTORY - Global Empires


Semester 2 only

We live in a globalised world where nations and people are incredibly interconnected. In Global Empires you will investigate the origins and impact of globalisation in the past compared to today. This semester-long elective course focuses on the years 1400-1775, a time of transition from the medieval to the modern world. Starting with a study of the established empires of the 15th century including the Venetian Empire, the Ming dynasty in China and the Ottoman Empire, we will then trace the age of exploration and discovery which led to Western European powers creating new global empires. You will investigate the explosion of ideas and technology which led to the creation of these new empires in the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas and Africa. Finally, we will evaluate the impact of globalisation by considering aspects such as slavery, the spread of disease and the growth in trade. During the semester, you will engage in a historical project of your own design which will encourage your own exploration and enhance the development of your research, communication and presentation skills.

This course provides students with the opportunity to build and develop historical and critical thinking skills crucial to the study of History in Years 11 and 12 at VCE and IB, 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.


1. Coursework  (20%)
2. Class tests  (30%)
3. Collaborative project  (25% )
4. Independent research project  (25%)



Group 3 - History
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Year 11 and 12 - VCE

History (Australian Curriculum)
Timbertop - Year 9

Middle School - Years 5 to 8