SAMPLE PROGRAM PRELIMINARY CASE STUDY: B8 Course time: 36 hours
NUCLEAR TESTING IN THE PACIFIC 1950S TO 1960S
Students apply historical inquiry methods within a range of historical contexts to investigate key features, issues, individuals, groups, events, concepts and other forces relevant to Nuclear Testing in the Pacific in the 1950s to 1960s.
P1.2 investigate and explain the key features and issues in the study
P3.1 ask relevant historical questions
P3.2 locate, select and organise relevant information from different types of sources
P3.3 comprehend and analyse sources for their usefulness and reliability
P3.4 identify and account for differing perspectives and interpretations of the past
P3.5 plan and present the findings of historical investigations, analysing and synthesising information from different types of sources
P4.2 communicate a knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues, using appropriate and well-structured oral and written forms
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT:
Key features and issues of the modern world
political, economic, social and technological features of the selected case study
forces for change that emerged in the period of the selected case study
the nature of the political, social, economic and technological change that occurred in the period of the selected case study
the impact of change on the society or period of the selected case study
In groups, students access relevant websites to research nuclear testing at one of the following sites: Marshall Islands, Mururoa Atoll, the Monte Bello Islands and Maralinga using a ‘who, what, when, where, why?’ notemaking scaffold.
For each test site, students also find information about the impact of the tests on those involved, indigenous peoples and service personnel. Include a brief overview of the impact on the people and the environment and eyewitness accounts
Representatives from each group form new groups to present their findings to each other.
describe and evaluate the role of key individuals and groups in selected studies of the modern world
account for and assess differing perspectives and interpretations of significant events, people and issues in selected studies of the modern world
Students learn about: The role, responsibility and compliance of local authorities and governments concerning testing of nuclear devices
Teacher leads class discussion to elicit from groups their understanding of the relationship between those conducting the nuclear tests and local authorities affected by them (based on previous group research). Teacher provides necessary feedback.
Discuss reaction of different groups (eg residents, governments and political groups).