Senior Secondary Curriculum

Discover the Spirit of Tasmania and Western Civilisation provides a resource for the Australian Senior Secondary Curriculum in the following areas:

Modern History

Understanding the Modern World

See Contents: Chapters 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15

The Enlightenment (1750 – 1789)

The significant changes that occurred as a result of the Enlightenment, for example: movements for social and political reform; the rise of enlightened monarchies; increased interest in technological change; and belief in equal rights (ACHMH019)

The experiences and responses to the Enlightenment, for example those of scientists, intellectuals, monarchs, church leaders and revolutionary leaders (ACHMH020)

An alternative significant development:

Socialism  (The beginnings of the union movement with Wesleyism, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and subsequent labour politics)

Economic Liberalism

Movements for Change in the 20th century

See Contents: Chapters 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14,

Workers’ movements

Students study this topic with reference to Australia and one other Western society to investigate:

The development of protest movements during the Industrial Revolution, for example the Tolpuddle Martyrs; Chartists; and the International Workingmen’s Association; the formation of trade unions, moves to regulate employment; and demands for an eight-hour day (ACHMH092)

The emergence of political parties (labor and non-labor) in Western countries in the 19th and 20th centuries, the role of trade unions in their formation, and the policies and methods of workers’ parties (ACHMH093)

An alternative significant movement (Chapters 1, 18, 14)

An alternative significant movement for change may be chosen as one of the two topics of study in this unit. This could facilitate comparisons in terms of the far-reaching consequences of the developments. Any topic other than the suggested topic electives should be selected on the basis of the following criteria.

The movement has relevance for contemporary concerns, ideas, beliefs, values and motivations.

Environmental sustainability