L1 History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Shepherd

Recommended Prior Learning

Interest in the world as it is today, as it was in the past and how it may become in the future based on a wider understanding of the impact of human interaction throughout history. A willingness to think and communicate that thinking. A sound standard in Junior Social Studies and an interest in learning about the world.

      Martin Luther King JNR and the Black Civil Rights Movement

       Nuclear testing in the Pacific and its impact on New Zealand

      Adolf Hitler, the rise of Fascism and WW2

Course Outline:
Students will study the origins of World War Two, New Zealand’s Search for Security and Black Civil rights Movement in USA..
Have you wondered why WW2 happened? In Term One we will find some answers.
Have you considered how New Zealand is viewed by the rest of the world and what we have done to deserve this reputation? In Term Two we will explore this question and make some conclusions.
Are you interested in racial issues in New Zealand and elsewhere? In Term Three we will use the Black Civil Rights Movement in 1950's America and current related issues to help us find some answers.

An exciting course which provides insight into how things were, how things are and how things may be in the future. If you like learning something new each lesson, enjoy researching and discussion then this is the course for you. History makes sense!

Still not sure? Watch this for some reassurance about why History might be a good choice!


Course Overview

Term 1
In Term One, we study the origins of World War Two.
During this topic we consider the main causes of WW2 including the Great Depression, the rise of fascism in various parts pf the world, Hitler's rise to power and the Holocaust.
During this Term, students also research a significant event of their choice and present their findings which leads to the achievement of eight internal credits if successful.
Students may also choose to use their learning in this topic for the end of year external examinations.

Term 2
In Term Two, we study New Zealand's development as an increasingly independent nation.
During this topic we consider the after math of WW2 and our changing relationship with Britain and the USA. We mainly focus on the years from 1945 to 1985 and look at New Zealand's choices around Nuclear testing during the Cold War era and the nations love of Rugby during the Apartheid era in South africa.
Students may choose to use this topic for the end of year external exams

Term 3
In Term Three, we study the Black Civil Rights Movement in the USA.
During this topic we focus on the years and events that led to the need for such a movement. The 1950's are usually credited with the beginning of the BCR movement and we mainly focus on this decade as our starting point. We look at the various protests which brought about change and bring the topic up to date to include recent Black Lives Matter protests and developments. We focus strongly on The Little Rock Nine and the final Internal assessment is based around this event.
Students may also choose to use this topic for the end of year external exams.

Term 4
This Term is mostly about revision, planning and prepartion for external exam success. We look at skills and techniques for successful studying and revision and we continue to learn about the critical thinking, Historical skills necessary for the Resources external exam and life!

Learning Areas:



L2 Classics

History can take you in a wide variety of directions. It can lead into Research, Law, Journalism, Web content writing, Librarian work, Customer Service, a range of Parlaimentary Careers and ofcourse Teaching at various levels.

Career Pathways

Holiday Park Manager, Sales Representative, Actor, Acupuncturist, Finance Manager, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Pathologist, Zoologist, Retail Manager, Aquaculture Farmer, Zookeeper, Police Officer, Historian, Artist, Barrister, Bank Worker, Hotel/Motel Manager, Farmer/Farm Manager, Property Manager, Building and Construction Manager, Entertainer, Buyer, Cafe/Restaurant Manager, Motor Vehicle Salesperson, Clinical Physiologist, Physician, Urban/Regional Planner, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Podiatrist, Mine/Quarry Manager, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Diver, Information Technology Manager, Event Manager, Technical Writer, Dairy Farmer, Storeperson, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Judge, Crop Farmer/Manager, Systems Administrator, Maitre d’Hotel, Workplace Relations Adviser, Forensic Scientist, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Psychiatrist, Personal Assistant, Records Adviser, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Media Producer, Financial Adviser, Fishery Officer, Forest Manager, Forestry Scientist, Landscape Architect, Gardener, Groundsperson, Health Services Manager, Primary School Teacher, Librarian, Market Research Analyst, Mortgage Broker, Office Manager, Photographer, Purchasing/Supply Officer, Production Manager, Recreation Co-ordinator, Project Manager, Roadmarker, Saw Doctor, Television Presenter, Case Manager

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A 2B5 book, a 3B1 book and textbooks which will be issued each term from the college library. A portable device will be useful but not essential.

Assessment Information There are a maximum of 24 credits available in this course. 12 credits come from the three Interna[ assessments and upto 12 can be achieved in the end of year External assessments. Usually, students aim for 8 credits in the externals as this enables achievement at a higher level by allowing more time for two papers. Throughout the year, we focus on the skills needed for success in History and students find that these are also very useful in all areas of study and life!
Pathway Tags

Journalist, Historian, Museum Curator, Teacher, Urban/Regional Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Town Planner, Teaching, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Film maker, Lawyer, Social Work

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