Somerville Secondary College

Cold Wars To Terrorism

Featured Learning AreaHumanities – History
Additional Learning AreasThe Arts (Media), Humanities – Geography
Learning Capabilities DevelopedCritical/Creative Thinking


Cold War and Terrorism begins with an examination of the social, cultural and political effects of the Cold War on the world in the 20th Century after World War II, when the US and the USSR competed for global dominance. This will involve a study of as communism in East Germany, as well as how the Korean War and the Vietnam War in Asia impacted on Australia. Students will then go on to study how the rise of American power in the 1980s and 1990s has impacted the modern world of the 21st Century, including the rise of terrorism, which culminated in the twin towers attack on the US in 2001 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout this semester, students will therefore analyse the way that significant events and people from the past 70 years have impacted the world of 2020 and beyond.
This unit will include an excursion to the Vietnam Museum.*