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Profiling power in Modern History


​Cameron Heaven delivering his news report on Ho Chi Minh

​This semester Year 11 Modern History students are learning how power has played an important part in historical change. Over time individuals, groups and societies have attempted to control and legitimise the use of power over others.

Political Power- the ability to influence or control the behaviour of people through force or the threat of force (push) or through promise of reward (pull)- has two extremes; democracy and dictatorship.

Students have explored the impact of dictators such as Mao Zedong, Hitler, Saddam Hussein and Pol Pot.  Under a dictatorship the media is censored, the person in charge is often beyond the law and ordinary people often feel powerless

Students choose a significant political figure from the second half of the 20th Century, and, in a multi-modal presentation, investigated the impact that individual’s power had nationally and internationally. Multimodal presentations ranged from news reports to diary presentations. Students enjoyed the opportunity to present their research in a mode that suited their communication style.