What would you like to study?
Posted 12 July 2006 - 06:33 PM
Posted 08 August 2006 - 03:28 PM
Also, what periods in history do you study in that course?
I'd like to do that , as its not a part of history that I have ever really considered, or studied (minus a little on the plague). I'd also like to do it as both my parents are GPs so I've been taught a little about current medicine by them, and the comparison would be interesting.
Posted 05 December 2006 - 07:30 PM
My perfect (and realistic course given the limited time) would be:
Roman Empire: Rise and Fall
Causes of WW1
Causes of WW2
It doesn't make much sense having the Roman Empire in there since everything else is modern history, but I love that period. Also I put Russian Revolution in there because I don't know much about it and I know that my great grandfather and his family were part of it so I'd like to learn more about it.
I think that some of these things are covered in our schools A-Level courses, but I'm not sure I'll do History at A-Level.
Despite this being what I would like to study, I don't think that they should change the course to this because the current course is probably more valuable to students in the long run. I mean, understanding the causes of the two world wars, the Treaty of Versaille, the Great Depression and the Cold War help you to understand a lot of what you see to day, in terms of international relations, a map of Europe - which has changed enormously throughout the last century, and also politics.
Edited by PeterH, 06 December 2006 - 08:42 AM.
Posted 25 February 2007 - 09:44 PM
How does the amount of content in the History courses compare with the amount in other subjects? It would be very interesting to hear what pupils think about this area, especially as decisions about content of courses are being made fairly soon.
a massive amount of work in my AS history, this has made it hard for me to keep up with other subjects, making history the most pressurising subject, just becuase of the constant reading, essays and note taking
Posted 01 April 2007 - 12:13 PM
I most enjoyed doing International Relations, as it gave a nice overview of history. I also enjoyed USA, as that was a more unusual topic to study and I thought it was very interesting. I like topics with political themes. Vietnam coursework was also really good.
Britain during WW2 seemed really stuck in there so we had to do about Britian and how good it was. I didn't like that one much.
At AS I don't like the modules were're doing. We do two Germany modules: one on Nazi Germany and one that's almost all on Nazi Germany. I don't like this, it's really boring. This is partly because I did all that in the Germany GCSE module, but I just find the Nazi period really uninteresting: The Weimar period is a lot better. The other module is the Norman Conquest of Britain. I like this one better as it is at least new material. It's not quite my thing, but I think it's quite good. No one else seems to study it though. I like the idea of mixing modern history with medieval as it's something for everyone, I just think the choice of modern topics is rubbish. I would much rather have done... anything else, really. Other modules that have been mentioned have been Italy, and lots of stuff about Russia. I've never studied those and wish we were doing them instead.
I think something that is missing from school/college that seems to feature a lot in university is studying a theme across periods, modules such as "history of women" or "history of transport" or whatever.
Posted 21 April 2007 - 12:02 PM
For my A Levels we have got the best course available for Edexcel because most of them are really boring like the study of railway development. So the Civil War and Cromwell were really interesting compared to that.
It would be nice if History was a bit more updated and had a broader range of topics, we studied the Civil War in Year 8 and again at A Level so to do something different would be a lot more interesting
Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:26 PM
Posted 13 June 2007 - 11:39 AM
Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:50 PM
At the moment we are doing the first two sections... studying Russia and World War One (just moving into inter-war years) right now.
I personally am not a fan of Russian history, and would love to do something about Argentina (recently researched the Dirty War for an English presentation and Argentine history sounds really interesting). However I would like to study lots of topics... and of course there isn't the time.
Posted 18 February 2008 - 08:23 PM
I feel we should also learn more about the crusades. Im in year eight and we havent touched the Crusades and I doubt it in the future, I would love to learn the crusades because well I know quite alot about it, with Pope Urban and the Byzantine empire in Greece. Definatly some more Medieval History in there!
I would also like more up to date modern history, Cold War and on-wards around the gulf wars. And maybe some on the wars which everyone seems to forget about, the first and second boer war, the Korean war and more indeapth in some civil wars including the Spanish Civil war and American. I understand they cant fit all this in with the existing curriculem, but these are things I would love to learn about.
+Sorry for making lots of posts on a previous topic, didnt see the "reviewed by adminstrator" bit and thought they were just not being posted!
Posted 19 February 2008 - 08:48 PM
Posted 05 March 2008 - 09:57 PM
We are studying:
Russia. Tsarism up to Stalinism
World War I
International Relations (Mainly Cold War)
End World War I Germany to World War II Germany.
Id much rather have been doing the Schools History Project Course, but this was only open to lower ability groups at my school.
Id much rather be studying Inca's, Aztecs, Ancient Greeks and the like.
Posted 31 March 2008 - 07:38 PM
I am a year 11 student taking AQA Modern World History B
Specifically: Russia, Germany, WW1, Vietnam, Britain's role in the post-WW2 world, and International Relations 1919-1963.
I feel like many other posters in that GCSE History is too Europe-based. I accept that it may be the most relevant topic to students, but there are other issues that I feel are simply not given any weight, just because the exam boards are coming from a Caucasian-centred viewpoint.
Here are some topics that I feel would make good ones (the best are in bold):
Mao and China
American Civil War
The Mongol Empire
The Chinese Dynasties
Colonialism in South America
The Hundred Years' War
As you can see, three of these topics are Far East-based. I think that to an extent the exam boards are guilty of subconscious discrimination against the Far East. Mao and China is a far more important topic than the Gulf War, I think you'll agree, as well as one which has a far more engaging history and is further-reaching in terms of consequences today.
I might be wrong of course, feel free to tell me that I am a would-be tokenist.
I. N. H.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:31 PM
Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:50 PM
I'd love to study the english civil war again. I loved it when I did it in year eight, and the role of religion as either a real reason or an excuse is something I keep finding myself coming back to...
Re: Modern world history: It's an amazing course....the amount of times I was reduced to tears, to hysterics....the memories...
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