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Dictatorships in the Modern World Value 1.0


Prerequisites

Nil


Specific Unit Goals

This unit should enable students to:



A Course

T Course

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to analyse historical information and achieve independence in researching

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to solve problems of evidence and achieve independence in researching

  • communicate a logically developed, articulate and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • critically analyse significant individuals, social groups, events and historical factors related to the dictatorships of the modern world

  • develop an understanding of the nature of totalitarian/authoritarian rule and the features of totalitarianism/authoritarianism

  • analyse the nature of totalitarian/authoritarian rule and the features of totalitarianism/authoritarianism

  • consider the role of ideologies, movements and leaders in totalitarian/authoritarian regimes

  • evaluate the role of ideologies, movements and leaders in totalitarian/authoritarian regimes.

  • identify and evaluate the causes and impacts of totalitarianism/authoritarianism on modern societies

  • evaluate the causes and impacts of totalitarianism/authoritarianism on modern societies

Content

A study of this unit should include a comparison of at least two of the following content areas. There is scope for some areas to be treated in more depth than others. Topics for study will be guided by teacher expertise and student interest.

The Nature of Totalitarianism/Authoritarianism

What is Totalitarianism/Authoritarianism?

An exploration of the concepts of power and control

The key features of Totalitarianism/Authoritarianism

Examples of Dictatorships:

Mussolini and Fascist Italy

Lenin/Stalin and the Soviet Union

Hitler and Nazi Germany

Franco and Spain

Mao and Communist China

Other Dictatorships in the Modern era – e.g. Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Augusto Pinochet, Juan Peron, Kim Il Sung, Slobodan Milosevic, Robert Mugabe

In each area there should be three aspects to consider:

The Rise of Totalitarianism

The historical factors and circumstances that gave rise to Totalitarian/Authoritarian movements

The ideas and ideologies that drive Totalitarian/Authoritarian movements

The appeal of Totalitarian/Authoritarian government

The Impacts and Features of Totalitarian/Authoritarian government

The political and governmental impacts of Totalitarianism/Authoritarianism

The economic impacts of Totalitarianism/Authoritarianism

The social and cultural impacts of Totalitarianism/Authoritarianism

The Legacies of Totalitarianism/Authoritarianism

The long term impact and merits of Totalitarian/Authoritarian governments

Post-war and contemporary examples of Totalitarian/Authoritarian governments/movements

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Refer to page 30.



Assessment Task Types

Refer to page 32.


Student Capabilities




Evidence could be in:

Student Capabilities

Goals

Content

Teaching and Learning

Assessment

creative and critical thinkers









enterprising problem-solvers











skilled and empathetic communicators











informed and ethical decision-makers











environmentally and culturally aware citizens











confident and capable users of technologies











independent and self-managing learners











collaborative team members












Resources

Refer to pages 41-79 for resource.

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