The University of Newcastle, Australia

Modern History

Study a teaching area in Modern History teaching for Secondary Education

Modern History provides a window to the world, helping us understand and interpret the societies and cultures, the people, and events of the relatively recent past.

When you study a teaching area in Modern History within the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), you will learn to teach history to a class of High School students. Graduates will expand their historical horizons by studying courses which deal with a variety of societies, events and periods. You will have the option to study American politics, World War II, Medieval kingdoms and Australian popular culture, among other topics.

Through your studies, you will also develop an understanding of history’s influence on both the present and future. This knowledge will allow you to better communicate about history in a secondary school setting, designing an engaging and informative lesson plan.

What jobs can I get with a teaching area in Modern History teaching?

Enjoy wider career options by gaining specialist knowledge and qualifications in Modern History. This teaching area prepares you to pursue a variety of career pathways, by teaching you multiple transferable skill sets.

Studying Modern History and secondary education has led our graduates to careers in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

To gain even more employment flexibility, many History teachers also train in another HSIE teaching area, such as Ancient History or Geography, or in combination with English.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning how to teach modern history using a source-based approach.
  • Goals to teach modern history in a secondary school, and to inspire students to be passionate about historical studies.
  • A commitment to crafting engaging lessons as part of the junior and senior curriculums.

What do you learn in a Modern History teaching area?

When you study a teaching area in modern history teaching, you will learn about the history, politics and cultures of nations, from the Medieval period to contemporary times. Students will study courses in:

  • National History: Specialise in national history and learn to teach students about the development of individual countries. Their culture, politics, and societies will be the focus of your coursework and assessment. Study options include Medieval England, the United States of America, Australia and Nazi Germany.
  • War and Politics: Our History department offers a range of courses in the conflicts and political movements which shaped the twentieth century. You can choose to focus on World War I, World War II, imperial systems, frontier conflicts and representations of war in film.
  • Reading History: As part of your modern history major (first teaching area), you will learn how to interpret written and archaeological sources. This will teach you how to communicate about historical methodologies to secondary school students, as well as the process of responding to questions of historical inquiry.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in Modern History teaching.