What Do You Know About The C20th?

Before we get stuck right in to the nuts and bolts of this course, make sure you know your way around this blog (how to find the posts relevant to your class, links to other sites for you subject, and your course outline), and that you have joined up to the Diigo bookmarking group.

You can find all the posts relevant to your subject by going to the ‘Category’ section on the right hand side under my picture, and selecting ‘C20th History.’ All blog posts under this category will be shown in reverse chronological order. You can find links to the Diigo group and our class wiki under the ‘History’ heading on the right hand side of the blog too.

Now, for those nuts and bolts. On the Unit Outlines page you will find a link to the outline for your subject. Well, you’ll notice there isn’t one there right now, but will be by the end of the week. You can go there to find out what your first Outcome will cover and what weekly topics we will be covering.

I would like you to complete a pre-test about twentieth century history. It’s not a test that will be marked, but it will help to give me a good idea of some things that you do and don’t know about. This will help me to design a better course for you.

If you weren’t in class to do the test, you can download it here:

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After you have done the test, have a think about the following questions. We’ll be having a discussion about them in class:

  • Where would you like to start the course? For example, we can start with WWII and work backwards, or we can start at the beginning of the century and work forwards.
  • What are the major questions you have about this period in history?
  • How would you like to be assessed? Remembering that there are restrictions in the VCE Study Design, but there is also a bit of flexibilty and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Homework:

  • Add a video about Pre-1914 to the wiki if you haven’t already
  • Sign up to the Diigo group and save a bookmark to it, if you haven’t already – which I don’t think any of you have!
  • Find definitions for the following words and give one example of each of them in the period 1900-1945:
  1. anti-semitism
  2. nationalism
  3. fascism
  4. communism
  5. socialism
  6. totalitarianism

Audio version of this post:

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What Do You Know About The World Today?

Before we get stuck right in to the nuts and bolts of this course, make sure you know your way around this blog (how to find the posts relevant to your class, links to other sites for you subject, and your course outline), and that you have joined up to the Diigo bookmarking group.

You can find all the posts relevant to your subject by going to the ‘Category’ section on the right hand side under my picture, and selecting ‘International Studies.’ All blog posts under this category will be shown in reverse chronological order. You can find links to the Diigo group and our class wiki under the ‘Politics’ heading on the right hand side of the blog too.

Now, for those nuts and bolts. On the Unit Outlines page you will find a link to the outline for your subject. You can go there to find out what your first Outcome will cover and what weekly topics we will be covering.

Don’t forget to set yourself up with a Gmail address and then sign up to Google Reader to start collecting some news feeds. Two that I have in my Reader are:

The New Internationalist

Global Voices Online

Moving right along, I would like you to complete a pre-test about some key concepts and events of the past few years. It’s not a test that will be marked, but it will help to give me a good idea of some things that you do and don’t know about. This will help me to design a better course for you.

If you weren’t in class to do the test, you can download it here:

international-studies-pre

Homework:

  • Read the Course and Unit Introduction (handed out in class)

Audio version of this post:

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