20th Century World History 12


Holly Mair


Successful completion of Social Studies 10 is required.


History 12 provides students with an introduction to 20th century world history with a particular emphasis on world conflicts and their impact on people. In addition to learning about historical events, students will be guided through various activities designed to further develop their skills in analysis and interpretation.

The course consists of four units that address the three big ideas of the curriculum.

1. Nationalist movements can unite people in common causes or lead to intense conflict between different groups.

2. The breakdown of long-standing imperialist structures created new economic and political systems.

3. The rapid development and proliferation of communication and transportation technologies in the 20th century led to profound changes in personal and national identities.

For each unit, there are many opportunities for students to practice their skills before submitting a major assignment or in the case where the student is already comfortable with the material, there is an opportunity to move forward. You analyze your needs and you set the pace. We help you achieve those goals!






Student-paced, online

Students will communicate with the teacher for support as needed.


4 Units
Total of 17 assignments:
- 16 shorter assignments
- 1 project.
2 Supervised tests


70% Coursework
30% Tests

BC Performance Standards


Zoom support sessions can be organized with the course teacher.


There is no textbook for this course.
Web camera required for proctored tests.


Basic Technical Requirements

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Unit 1: Dictators and Defenders
Big Ideas:
• The rise and rule of authoritarian regimes
• Civil wars, independence movements, and revolutions
• Religious, ethnic, and/or cultural conflicts, including genocide
• World War II
• Migrations, movements, and territorial boundaries
• Iranian Revolution
• Stages of a genocide
• Holocaust

Unit 2: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Big Ideas:
• Cold War
• Interdependence and international co-operation
• Manhattan Project
• Nuclear Weapons
• Nuclear Treaties
• Cuban Missile Crisis

Unit 3: Power and Equality
Big Ideas:
• Human Rights, including Indigenous peoples
• USA Civil Rights Movement
• S. African Civil Rights Movement
• Coulten Boushie Case

Unit 4: Telegrams to Television
Big Ideas:
• World War I
• Social and cultural developments
• Mass consumption and production of communication and television and transportation technologies
• World War I technology
• Code talkers
• Social change through music
• Vietnam War


This course has been based on the 2018 BC Curriculum document which can be found here.

We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach.

We are a public K - 12 school and a proud member of School District #63 (Saanich).