Central Hawkes Bay College Central Hawkes Bay College

L3 History (L3HIS)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Valentine.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, but Level 2 History an advantage

Imperialism – was it justified? 

The course looks at British Imperialism and how expansion, and the forced introduction of imperialistic ideals affected different contexts. 

Some of the contexts studied may include: 

• New Zealand in the 18th and 19th Century. Which countries wanted to colonise New Zealand? Why was there a need for Te Tiriti o Waitangi? What may have happened without it? We look at the competing Maori and Pakeha perspectives of the Treaty. 

• The early race for Empire building. Why were Britain, France and other European countries intent on expansion? 

• Why did the British extend into Northern Ireland and why did this result in protest? Why did the British refuse to leave? What were the impacts and consequences of British expansion into Ireland? 

• The American Revolution: Why did the British expand into North America? What were the impacts and consequences of this British expansion? 

• Student driven choice of topic: you will have the opportunity to delve further into an historical area of your own interest. This may build on what we have studied in class or it may be something of your own choosing. This will allow you the opportunity to choose what you study but to also apply the historical skills you have been developing throughout the year. 

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

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Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A curiosity to dig beneath the obvious and explore different perspectives and viewpoints. A willingness to engage in debates and formulate and evaluate arguments. An enjoyment of 'joining all the dots' of past, present and future, to create an insightful understanding of the world around us.


The Standards offered are correct at time of writing

Course content may change by the start of the year