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Curriculum content descriptions

The immediate- and long-term effects of the Black Death on Asian, European and African populations, and conflicting theories about the impact of the plague¬† (ACDSEH071)

Elaborations
  • using studies of church records from the period to identify the effect of the Black Death on human populations and to consider the reliability of these statistics
  • investigating the effects of the Black Death on society (for example, labour shortages, peasant uprisings, the weakening of feudal structures and increased social mobility)
  • categorising the effects of the Black Death as either short term or long term and drawing conclusions about the severity of the Black Death
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Late Middle Ages,  Bubonic plague,  Death rate,  Populations (Society)

Assessment resource

Year 8 history assessment - Effects of the Black Death: Source Response

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 8 Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do for the depth study 'Expanding Contacts: The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa (14th century plague)'. ...

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Black Death: the disease

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Black Death

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Black Death: the effect of the plague

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