Level 1 History
Teacher in Charge: Miss Y. Mahagna
Racism and colonial conflict are the themes of the Level One History course.
The American Civil Rights topic develops students understanding of racism in the USA, allowing them to better understand modern conflict surrounding race in the USA today.
We will also explore ideas of race and racism in New Zealand when we investigate the conflict caused by the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour. Students will investigate perspectives of these divisive protests and the legacies of apartheid that sparked the conflict.
Our external topic, The Invasion of Waikato, is the final topic for the year. This unit explores what is arguably the most defining conflict in New Zealand's History. From the creation of the Great South Road to the confiscation of Maaori land (Raupatu), students will explore what caused the Waikato Invasion to happen and the legacy it still has today. The recent protests at Ihumaato are explicitly connected to this History and key to understanding what is going on there today.
In Term One we will complete an NCEA Internal Assessment which requires students to follow a historical research process to investigate an event from the American Civil Rights Movement.
In Term Two we will begin to explore issues of racism in New Zealand with an in-depth exploration of the 1981 Springbok Tour. You will complete another internal assessment this term where you will describe the perspectives of those who were involved with the event.
In Term Three we will begin exploring our context for the External Exams. For this, we will focus on the invasion of Waikato. This unit explores what is arguably the most defining conflict in New Zealand's history. From the creation of the Great South Road to the confiscation of Maaori land (Raupatu), students will explore what caused the Waikato invasion to happen and the legacy it still has today. An internal assessment in which students are required to describe a historical event and an external assessment where students must write an essay on the causes or consequences of a historical event will be used to assess the learning done in this topic.
In Term Four we will be working on exam preparation. You will do two External exams in Term Four. This includes an essay that focuses on the causes or consequences of the invasion of Waikato and a resource interpretation skills exam.
Recommended Prior Learning
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
This course is a BYOD course and a laptop is essential for your learning.
A 1B5 exercise book is the required stationery.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
History is an academic subject that guides students towards university level study. Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that history students develop throughout their study. The following is a list of professions that studying History can be a stepping stone to: Lawyers, Teachers, Social Workers, Politicians, Policy Analysts, Tourism Management, Archaeology, Journalism, Museum Curators, Archivists, Tourism Managers, Business Analysts, Public Relations Managers, Content Strategists, Web Development, Social Media Managers, Communications Officers, Human Resource Managers, Government Agency Roles... The list goes on. It is important to note that Science and Medical degrees require students to have an intimate knowledge of the social History of New Zealand (especially the Treaty of Waitangi).,