WHAT IS HISTORY?
History is the study of change and development in society over time. The study of History enables us to understand and evaluate how past human action impacts on the present and influences our future. History is about learning how to think about the past and, by implication, the present in a disciplined way. History is a process of enquiry and is about asking questions of the past; What happened Where did it happen? Why did it happen then? With what short-term and long-term consequences? It involves thinking critically about the stories people tell us about the past and what we tell ourselves.
The specific aims of History are to create:
An interest in an enjoyment of the study of the past Knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the past and the forces that shaped it The ability to undertake a process of historical enquiry based on skills An understanding of historical concepts, including historical sources and evidence.
- The world around 1600
- European expansion and conquest in the 15th to 18th centuries
- The French Revolution
- Transformation in Southern Africa after 1750
- Colonial expansion after 1750
- The South African War