Students investigate in depth The Cold War, a school-developed topic drawn from the content presented in the Stage 5 overviews, 'The Making of the Modern World' or 'The Modern World and Australia'.


A student:

  • Explains and assess the historical forces that shaped the modern works and Australia HT5-1
  • Sequences and explains the significant patterns of continuity and change in the development of the modern world and Australia HT5-2
  • Explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia HT5-3
  • Explains and analyses the causes and effects of events and developments in the modern world and Australia HT5-4
  • Identifies and evaluates the usefulness of sources in the historical inquiry process HT5-5
  • Uses relevant evidence from sources to support historical narratives, explanations and analyses of the modern world and Australia HT5-6
  • Explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the modern world and Australia HT5-7
  • Selects and analyses a range of historical sources to locate information relevant to an historical inquiry HT5-8
  • Applies a range of relevant historical terms and concepts when communicating an understanding of the past HT5-9
  • Selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences HT5-10

Key Inquiry Questions for Stage 5:

  • How did the nature of global conflict change during the twentieth century?
  • What were the consequences of World War II? How did these consequences shape the modern world?
  • How was Australian society affected by other significant global events and changes in this period?