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Curriculum content descriptions

The extent of the Mongol expansion as one of the largest land empires in history (ACDSEH078)

Elaborations
  • mapping the expansion of the Mongol empire across Asia and Europe
  • describing the way of life in Mongolia and its incorporation into Chinese life (for example, agriculture – domestication of animals such as horses, camels and cattle; food – dried meat and yoghurt; and housing – yurts)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Imperialism,  Indian history,  Chinese history,  Middle East history,  Mongolian history

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