New History HSC syllabuses come into operation in 2018 (Year 11) and 2019 (Year 12). The changes for Modern History are significant, while for Ancient History and Extension History, the changes are less significant.

The following comments relate to the Year 12 / HSC elements of the new syllabuses.

Modern History:

GONE are:

  • World War I (into Year 11)
  • Germany as a separate national study, South Africa (as a national study)
  • Personalities in the Twentieth Century
  • Anglo-Irish Relations (into Year 11), United Nations as a Peacekeeper


  • National Studies: Iran 1945-1989, Australia 1918-1949 (new dates), India 1942-1984 (new dates), Indonesia 1945-2005 (new dates)
  • Peace and Conflict: Conflict in the Gulf 1980-2011
  • Change in the Modern World: Pro-Democracy Movement in Burman 1945-2011, The Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square 1966-1989, Civil Rights in the USA 1945-1968, The Changing World Order 1945-2011, The Nuclear Age 1945-2011, Apartheid in South Africa 1960-1994

Ancient History:

GONE are:

  • Old Kingdom Egypt, Assyria, Mycenae
  • Ramesses, Hannibal, Cleopatra
  • Egypt – Unification to First Intermediate Period, Assyria, Israel, Greek World 800-500 BC, Greek World 446-399 BC, Rome 264-133 BC, Rome 133-78 BC, Roman Empire AD 69-235


  • Pompeii/ Herculaneum (minor changes)
  • China: Han Dynasty 206 BC – AD 220
  • A new personality: Qin Shihuangdi
  • New periods: Ancient Levant – First Temple Period c 970-586 BC, Imperial China: The Qin and the Han 247-87 BC

Extension History

  • Minor changes to the “What is History?” section – check carefully!
  • New case studies: Athenian Democracy, Collapse of Western Roman Empire, Witch Hunt and Witch Trials, Genghis Khan, The Opium Wars, Partition of India, Representations of Anzac, Australian PM: Menzies or Whitlam