GRADES 10, 11 AND 12
WHY YOU SHOULD STUDY HISTORY IN GRADES 10, 11 AND 12:
It is crucial to understand that History has moved on from the content only focus of past years - now, the content assists the boys to:
a) UNDERSTAND THEIR WORLD TODAY and
b) UNDERSTAND WHAT LEGACIES OF THE PAST HAVE SHAPED THE PRESENT.
Moreover, content is no longer divided into World History and South African History - rather it locates South Africa within Africa as well as in the global society. It integrates human rights and indigenous knowledge into the way we investigate the past.
At SACS the subject is taught enabling boys to think critically and objectively and they learn empathy and many life skills.
Those who have studied History find University / Technikon ‘projects’ and assignments so much easier [no matter what degree course they are studying] as they are used to thinking clearly and organising their thoughts!
THE FACT THAT 166 SACS MEN HAVE SCORED A’s FOR HISTORY IN THE LAST SEVEN MATRIC FINAL EXAMS confirms that the HISTORY DEPARTMENT remains an enjoyable and productive academic centre and one of excellence at the School.
From the above it is clear that your son S H O U L D B E S T U D Y I N G H I S T O R Y F R O M G R A D E 10.
THE FOLLOWING IS A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE NEW GRADE 10, GRADE 11 AND GRADE 12 SYLLABI:
GRADE 10: [ASPECTS OF]
- THE WORLD AROUND 1600: THE MING, SONGHAI AND MUGAL EMPIRES
- EUROPEAN EXPANSION: SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE CONQUESTS [AZTECS & THE INCAS] - SLAVERY
- THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
- TRANSFORMATIONS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA AFTER 1750
- COLONIAL EXPANSION AFTER 1750
- THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR AND UNION
GRADE 11: [ASPECTS OF]
- COMMUNISM IN RUSSIA 1900 TO 1940
- CAPITALISM IN THE USA 1900 TO 1940
- SCIENTIFIC RACISM IN THE LATE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
- NATIONALISMS: SOUTH AFRICA, THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
- APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA 1940s TO THE 1960s
GRADE 12: [FROM 2014] (ASPECTS OF):
- THE COLD WAR - FOCUS ON VIETNAM AND CHINA
- INDEPENDENT AFRICA - FOCUS ON ANGOLA
- CIVIL SOCIETY PROTESTS IN THE USA FROM THE 1950s UNTIL THE 1970s
- CIVIL RESISTANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE 1970s TO THE 1980s
- THE COMING OF DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND COMING TO TERMS WITH THE PAST [THE TRC]
- THE END OF THE COLD WAR AND A NEW WORLD ORDER FROM 1989 - GLOBALISATION
[HEAD OF HISTORY DEPARTMENT]