Aqa History Gce Coursework On Resume

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  1. I'm really struggling on the coursework unit, especially since I haven't really been given much guidance on it. Does anyone have any advice on essay structure and how many sources are needed?

  2. Hello I've moved this thread to history study help for you.
  3. Some more info would be good. what is the question you're going to be doing and what 100 year context do you focus on?

    The idea is that you discuss the 100 year context in detail and have a line of argument throughout that might relate to one particular figure within your 100 years and/or a historical concept like change or continuity. an example being assessing the extent to which the condition of the Russian peasant improved over the period 1850–1950. theres a lot to talk about.

    integrate (at least) 3 primary sources into your argument to support it and analyse the VALUE of these with reference to the provenance, content and tone of the source. you're also meant to have 3 sources with 2 of them being of different types. this is AO2: Analyse and evaluate appropriate source material, primary and/or contemporary to the period, within the historical context. You're expected to comment on the differing perspectives of the sources chosen as well as the social, political, intellectual, religious and/or economic contexts in which the sources were written. the credibility, authority, authenticity, consistency and comprehensiveness of the sources is to be integrated and also the bias, distortion or propagandist elements found in the sources. I think you're meant to write 500 words on analysing your primary sources.

    you're also meant to analyse the interpretations of two historians either throughout your essay or on one particular event in relation to your 100 year context, AO3. you're meant to analyse the interpretation itself in regards to WHEN it was published and how that might affect the view of a historian but also the historian and their credibility, what kind of work they've published in regards to your chosen line of focus and they also need to be academic historians. you're also meant to evaluate the interpretations of the two historians (AO3) and come to your own substantiated judgement and conclusion (AO1).

    here's what AQA says about the structure of your entire essay:
    "The Historical Investigation must be written with the qualities of all three objectives integrated within the body of the work. For example, students will analyse, evaluate and reach judgements about the question chosen (AO1) and within this analysis and evaluation, appraise the views of historians (AO3) and analyse and evaluate primary source material and the extent to which it is useful in supporting arguments or conclusions (AO2)."

    This unit is hard in that you really do need to research your 100 year context thoroughly AND find ACADEMIC historians whose interpretations relate to your period to discuss and evaluate, primary sources too however it is also quite interesting if you're doing a topic you enjoy.

    hope this helped, more on the aqa website:
    (Original post by stargirl98)
    I'm really struggling on the coursework unit, especially since I haven't really been given much guidance on it. Does anyone have any advice on essay structure and how many sources are needed?


This course will prepare you for the AQA History A Level syllabus (7042) exams. Please note that as this course involves marked coursework, it's now too late to sit the Summer 2018 exams; you should aim for Summer 2019. 

There are two areas which make up this course:

  1. AQA Specification 1F – Industrialisation and the people: Britain, c1783-1885
  2. AQA Specification 2O– Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945

We'll cover these areas by looking at four individual themes:

  1. 1F – part one: The impact of industrialisation: Britain, c1783-1832
  2. 1F – part two: The Age of Reform: Britain, 1832-1885
  3. 2O – part one: The Weimar Republic, 1918-1933
  4. 2O – part two: Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

Studying a range of at least 200 years will allow you to develop a greater appreciation of the process of change and the nature of change in the given period. You'll learn about key people and events in a broad historical context. Substantial study of British history is coupled with a distinctive period in German history.

Theme 1: The impact of industrialisation: Britain, c1783-1832

Pressure for change, c1783-1812:

    1. The British political system in 1783: government and representation; national and local democracy; Whigs and Tories
    2. Government: Pitt the Younger as Prime Minister and his successors; Pitt's relationship with the King; the 1784 election; reform of finance, administration and trade
    3. Economic developments: industrialisation; the growth of cotton and other industries; changes in power; the condition of agriculture
    4. Social developments: the middle class; the industrial workforce; landowners; agricultural labourers and the poor; working conditions; standards of living; the Combination Acts
    5. Pressures on government 1785-1812: the political influence of the French Revolution; Irish rebellion and union; radicalism and opposition; party splits; demands for parliamentary reform
    6. Pressure for change, 1783-1812: Pressures on government; the political, economic and social impact of war; the condition of Britain by 1812

Government and a changing society, 1812-1832:

    1. Government, 1812-1830: Lord Liverpool; the Corn Laws and other legislation; attitudes to reform and repression; the economy; the repeal of the Combination Acts; Government: Canning, Goderich and Wellington; legislation including the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts; the metropolitan police force; O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation
    2. Economic trends: continuing industrialisation and developments in key industries; agricultural change; economic policies and free trade
    3. Social developments: the effects of industrialisation; standards of living and working-class discontent
    4. Pressures for change: Luddism and radical agitation; the anti-slavery movement; Methodism; early socialism and the ideas of Robert Owen
    5. Constitutional reform and greater democracy: the election of the Whigs; pressure for parliamentary reform; the Great Reform Act and its impact; the state of Britain politically, economically and socially by 1832

Theme 2: The Age of Reform: Britain, 1832-1885

Political change and social reform, 1832-1846:

  1. Government: Grey, Melbourne and the ideas and ideology of the Whig Party; the Tories in opposition and government; Peel and the transformation of the Conservative Party; The Whig response to social change; social reforms including: education, factory legislation, abolition of slavery, the Poor Law Amendment Act, the Municipal Corporations Act
  2. Pressure for change: Chartism; Irish radicalism; the Anti-Poor Law League; the Anti-Corn Law League; social reform campaigners including Shaftesbury and Chadwick;
  3. Economic policy: economic developments: The Conservative response to change: finance, administration and the economy; the Bank Charter Act; trade and business reform; the railway 'revolution' and associated economic growth; agriculture and Corn Law repeal
  4. Social trends: social developments: conditions in urban Britain; changes in the lives of workers and the poor; unions and other working-class movements.

 Economy, society and politics, 1846–1885:

  1. Government and developing political organisation: the development of the political system and party realignment; the emergence of the Liberal Party
  2. Government and democracy: Gladstone, his ministries and ideas and policies; Disraeli, his ministries, ideas and policies; increasing democracy; legislation
  3. Pressure for change: social campaigns, Public Health reform; Chartism; pressure for parliamentary reform; Irish Nationalism
  4. Economic patterns: economic developments: the mid-Victorian boom; the 'golden age' of agriculture; industrial and transport developments; impact of increased trade; the Great Depression
  5. Social developments: prosperity and poverty in towns and countryside; regional divisions; influences including Evangelicalism; 'self-help'; trade unions and education
  6. The political, economic and social condition of Britain by 1885; the extent of democracy and Britain’s industrial position

Theme 3: The Weimar Republic, 1918-1933

The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918-1924:

  1. The impact of War and the political crises of October to November 1918; the context for the establishment of the Weimar Constitution; terms, strengths and weaknesses; The Peace Settlement: expectations and reality; terms and problems; attitudes within Germany and abroad
  2. Economic and social issues: post-war legacy and the state of the German economy and society; reparations, inflation and hyperinflation; the invasion of the Ruhr and its economic impact; social welfare and the social impact of hyperinflation
  3. Political instability and extremism; risings on the left and right, including the Kapp Putsch; the political impact of the invasion of the Ruhr; the Munich Putsch; problems of coalition government and the state of the Republic by 1924.

 The 'Golden Age' of the Weimar Republic, 1924–1928:

  1. Economic developments: Stresemann; the Dawes Plan; industry, agriculture and the extent of recovery; the reparations issue and the Young Plan
  2. Social developments: social welfare reforms; the development of Weimar culture; art, architecture, music, theatre, literature and film; living standards and lifestyles
  3. Political developments and the workings of democracy: President Hindenburg; parties; elections and attitudes to the Republic from the elites and other social groups; the position of the extremists, including the Nazis and Communists; the extent of political stability
  4. Germany’s international position 1924-28; Stresemann's foreign policy aims and achievements including: Locarno; the League of Nations; the Treaty of Berlin; the end of allied occupation and the pursuit of disarmament.

 The Collapse of Democracy, 1928–1933:

  1. The economic, social and political impact of the Depression: elections; governments and policies; the appeal of Nazism and Communism; the tactics and fortunes of the extremist parties, including the role of propaganda
  2. Political developments and Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor: Hindenburg, Papen, Schleicher and the 'backstairs intrigue' leading to Hitler’s appointment as chancellor; Political developments: the Reichstag Fire; parties and elections; the Enabling Act and the end of democracy; the state of Germany by March 1933.

Theme 4: Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933-1939:

  1. Hitler’s consolidation of power, March 1933–1934: governmental and administrative change and the establishment of the one-party state; the Night of the Long Knives and the impact of the death of President Hindenburg
  2. The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933-1939: The 'Terror State': the police, including the SS and Gestapo; the courts; extent, effectiveness and limitations of opposition and non-conformity; propaganda: aims, methods and impact; extent of totalitarianism
  3. Economic policies and social policies: economic policies and the degree of economic recovery; Schacht; Goering; the industrial elites; Social policies: young people; women; workers; the churches; the degree of Volksgemeinschaft; benefits and drawbacks of Nazi rule.

The Racial State, 1933-1941:

  1. The radicalisation of the state, 1933-37: Nazi racial ideology; policies towards the mentally ill, asocials, homosexuals, members of religious sects, the Roma and Sinti
  2. Nazi policies towards the Jews, 1933-37: Anti-Semitism: policies and actions towards the Jews, including the boycott of Jewish shops and the Nuremberg Laws
  3. The development of anti-Semitic policies and actions; the effect of the Anschluss; Reichkristallnacht; emigration; the impact of the war against Poland
  4. The treatment of Jews in the early years of war: the Einsatzgruppen; ghettos and deportations

 The impact of War, 1939–1945:

  1. Rationing, indoctrination, propaganda and morale; the changing impact of war on different sections of society including the elites, workers, women and youth
  2. The wartime economy and the work of Speer; the impact of bombing; the mobilisation of the labour force and prisoners of war
  3. Policies towards the Jews and the ‘untermenschen’ during wartime; the Wannsee Conference and the 'Final Solution'
  4. Opposition and resistance in wartime including students, churchmen, the army and civilian critics; assassination attempts and the July Bomb Plot; overview of the Nazi state by 1945
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