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20th Century World History 12

20th Century World History Course Overview

Big Ideas

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

The rapid development and proliferation of technology in the 20th century led to profound social, economic, and political changes.

The breakdown of
long-standing empires created new economic and political systems.



World History 12 examines the major themes and events of the 20 th century, particularly in the period from 1919-1980's. Major events and movements are examined.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites:  Social Studies 10
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 11/12 Social Studies options required for graduation.
  • Explorations in Social Studies is strongly recommended before taking World History 12 however students that have completed Social Studies 10 can enroll in the course as well.

Course Materials

  • All resources for the course are included in the individual assignment instructions but students are also encouraged to independently research their answers from creditable websites suggested in the instructions.

Brief Outline


Post WWI/Treaty of Versailles/Rise of Nationalism/Russian Revolution

World War II

The Cold War

Events of Global Significance since 1945

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

Start Up Assignment



49.5% / 15.5%

Midterm exam (assignments 2-12)


Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course. 

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