History

History

If you have a passion to learn History and have always been curious about the present and the past, then opt for History, it will get you going places!

Course Entry Requirements

Year 11 Good literacy skills in reading and writing, sound grades in Year 10 exams and a thirst for knowledge.

Year 12 It is beneficial if students have taken Year 11 and passed at least three of the standards, however, 14-16 credits in other similar multi-skill subject such as English/Geography, as well at the discretion of the Teacher in charge of History.

Year 13 At the discretion of the Teacher in charge of History. Alternative to taking English.  It is beneficial if students have taken it before, however, 14 credits in a similar multi-skill based subject, such as Geography or English will be considered.

All Level One History standards count towards Literacy credits, both reading and writing.

The following THEMES could be taught in 2020 and the understanding gained will be applied in the Achievement Standards throughout the year. Some of the possible contexts are given next to the themes.

 

Themes of study could include:

  • Freedom Fighters versus the Intolerant’: We will consider Black Civil Rights events in the United States in the 1960s. From Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott to Malcolm X we will consider the various ways African Americans have fought for their freedom in the United States. What about New Zealand? – we do a cross-comparative study to consider similarities and differences with Maori fighting for their freedom in New Zealand.
  • ‘Expansionist Egos’: Fascist Mussolini and Hitler, all had a huge impact on the world at some point during the 1920s to 1940s. What made these provocative leaders forces to be reckoned with?
  • ‘Explosive Events and Provocative Protests’: Taking on the Big Guns over the issues of atmospheric testing, nuclear might; For the love of the game: Rugby – Kiwis clash over the 1981 Springbok Tour.

AS Number | Achievement Standard Title | Credits | Assessment Method

  • 91001 | RESEARCH Part I: Carry out an historical investigation of an historical event, or place. (Students will collect evidence from a range of sources and organise it in a folder) | 4 | Internal
  • 91002 | RESEARCH Part II: Demonstrate understanding of an historical event, or place of significance. (Students will present their findings in a creative type way, e.g. brochure, power point, feature magazine articles, website design) | 4 | Internal
  • 91004 | Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives (point of views) of people in an historical event.  | 4 | Internal
  • 91005 | Describe the causes and consequences of an historical event. (Own choice) | 4 | External (Fieldtrip Opportunity)
  • 91006 | Describe how a significant historical event affected NZ society.  | 4 | External

Themes of study could include:

  • The Cold War World: We will pick up the story following the conclusion of World War Two and look at the division of the world into a west and east sphere. The ideology of the ‘Domino Theory’ will be considered as we seek to understand how the Cold War shaped international relations for over 40 years. Events that could be considered:
    • The Korean War
    • West/East Germany
    • The Vietnam War – New Zealand’s involvement
    • The Cold War at Home (American POV)
    • The Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Out with the old and in with the new: The Russian Revolution 1917
  • The New Zealand Wars. In the 1840s and 1860s conflict over sovereignty and land led to battles between government forces and some Māori tribes.
  • Individual Research

 

AS Number | Achievement Standard Title | Credits | Assessment Method

  • AS91229 | RESEARCH Part I: Carry out a planned inquiry of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders. | 4 | Internal
  • AS91230 | RESEARCH: Part II: Examine an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders.  | 5 | Internal
  • AS91231 | Examine historical sources. (students who wish to gain extra history credits will be entered for this.)  | 4 | External
  • AS91232 | Interpret different perspectives.  | 5 | Internal
  • AS91234 | Examine how a significant historical event affected NZ society. (Such as the Vietnam War and The New Zealand Wars) | 5 | External (Fieldtrip Opportunity)

 

Level Three History is excellent preparation for tertiary study. Alternative to taking English. Skills taught in this course are transferrable academic skills. Students are taught to both find and read challenging texts before being asked to apply them in written text. The ability to write academic essays and applying correct referencing are develop throughout the year. All standards at Level Three are University Entrance approved.

 

Themes of study could include:

  • Champion of Colonisation OR Scapegoat: The Death of Captain Cook: we study the three voyages of Captain James Cook and consider the long-term impact he has had on the region of the Pacific. Towards the end of his third journey he faces an untimely and gruesome death in Hawai’i. We analyse the reasons behind his death.
  • Loss of Sovereignty: We consider the impact that western colonisation has had on the modern world. How have ideologies such as Social Darwinism impacted on native groups such as Hawaiians and Maori? A cross-comparison study between the New Zealand and Hawaiian colonial periods.
  • Independent Historical Research
  • History Scholarship – available to students at the discretion of the Teacher in Charge.

AS Number | Achievement Standard Title | Credits | Assessment Method

  • 91434 | Research an historical event or place of significance to New Zealanders – e.g. Great Battles in History | 5 | Internal
  • 91435 | Analyse an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders – e.g. Great Battles in History | 5 | Internal
  • 91436 | Analyse evidence relating to an historical event of significance to New Zealanders | 4 | External
  • 91437 | Analyse different perspectives of a contested event of significance to New Zealanders | 5 | Internal (Fieldtrip Opportunity)
  • 91439 | Analyse a significant historical trend and the forces that influenced it | 6 | External (Fieldtrip Opportunity)