L2 History - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr I. Cribbens

Level 2 History - Semester A

Power of the People - Revolution and the New Zealand Wars

This course will enable students to gain a deep understanding of powerful historical forces that have shaped our world, such as revolution, the pursuit of human rights, communism and colonialism.  

Through analysing these events, students will understand the power we all have to make change, and analyse the moral justification of world changing events.

In particular, students will look at:

  • Revolution and Protest - Students will be able to choose an event to research from a series of protests and revolutions which have altered the course of History, including the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the NZ Suffragette Movement, the NZ Springbok Tour protests,  Gandhi’s Salt March, Parihaka, and the Soweto Uprising.

  • The Invasion of the Waikato - Students will examine the New Zealand Wars as a whole, in particular looking at the Invasion of the Waikato in 1863 and analysing the underlying motivations behind the invasion which reshaped New Zealand forever. Resistance, colonisation, conspiracy and massacres will all be revealed. Students will also analyse the long-term consequences of the Invasion.

This course will provoke students to think deeply and critically about the world around them and to analyse and critique the actions and perspectives of others. Students will act as historians, finding and analysing historical sources to reach their own judgements about what happened, why it happened and the significance of these events.

All Achievement Standards offered during this course provide Literacy Reading Credits and students will, therefore, be able to gain 9 Literacy Reading credits in this course.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to this course.  However, it is noted that this course is designed to complement and support ‘Apocalypse Now: Year 12, Semester B History’.  Those students who wish to gain Merit or Excellence Subject Endorsement in Year 12 History must take both Semester Courses. It is also highly recommended that students come to the course with a reasonable level of literacy (ability to read and write).


Career Pathways

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Total Credits Available: 9 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91229 v2
History 2.1 - Carry out an inquiry of an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91230 v2
History 2.2 - Examine an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 9
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 9
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 9
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.

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