History

All Historians are Welcome!

History at Lake G is split up into two streams: ancient, and modern—it’s up to you whether you pick either, or both. You can study History at both an accredited and tertiary level.

Are you an ancient historian interested in Celtic culture, Athenian democracy, or the conquering Achaemenid Empire? Are you a modern historian with a fascination for the effects of colonialism, the French and American revolutions, or the rise of communism within the Soviet Union and China? Or are you someone who has a taste for both eras, either flavour—the all-sorts liquorice bag of historiography? There’s a little something for everyone at Lake G.

History doesn’t just take part inside the workbook, either. Students participate in collaborative activities around the classroom, such as burial site reconstructions and small analytical presentations; this, with the addition of multiple excursions each year to museum exhibitions and guided tours, allows students a more tactile, interactive approach to their learning.

History—a Multidisciplinary Art

Students studying history develop skills that are extremely valuable across a range of disciplines and for further study or employment, as well as for the AST in Year 12. We focus on maturing not only a student’s knowledge and understanding of historical events, but their:

  • Research skills;
  • Critical analysis;
  • Creative ingenuity;
  • Academic writing; and, perhaps most importantly, their
  • Empathetic understanding of variant cultures, people and societies through time and space.

Lake G History puts these concepts and skills at the forefront of historiography—as they should be! History isn’t just about the facts and the dates, it’s about their meaning; how students interpret the past is entirely up to them.

As the famous historian E.H. Carr once wrote, “the facts speak only when the historian calls on them: it is … [they] who [decide] … to which facts to give the floor, and in what order and context.”

Course Patterns

This course is non-sequential and there are no prerequisites and no compulsory units. All units can be studied at A or T level.

All units from these courses may be included in an Integrated History course allowing a minor, major, major minor or double major. These units can also be divided into discrete term (0.5) units.