L3 History - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr I. Cribbens

Level 3 History - Controversy, Conflict and Conspiracy - Semester A

This course will enable students to start to move beyond merely understanding historical events to think critically about the concept of ‘what is history’.  What do we choose to remember, why do we believe in conspiracy theories, why do we remember some events over others, and why are some events so controversial and contested?  

Students will be entered in two internal assessments, each worth five credits.  For the first assessment students will be given the opportunity to conduct research into a controversial event of their choosing from a wide range of international events from the past 400 years.  This will include the assassination of JFK, the Rwandan Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, the Rape of Nanking, the Salem Witch Trials, Princess Diana’s death, and the Assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jnr.   The students will be forced to analyse sources to determine what happened and why, and to consider what our understanding of the event reveals about our society. 

The second assessment will focus more directly on controversial moments in New Zealand’s history with students tasked to write a report analysing the event.  Students will be able to select from The Treaty of Waitangi,  the outbreak of the Waikato Wars,  the Massacre at Rangiaowhia, te Kooti’s Guerrilla War, the raids on Rua Kenana, the Surafend Massacre, the Land March and Bastion Point, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, and the 2007 Ngati Tūhoe Anti-Terror Raids.

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 Reading Literacy Credits and students will, therefore, be able to gain five Reading Literacy credits towards University Entrance in this course.  Level 3 History is also a University Entrance approved subject.

For this subject to count as a University Entrance approved subject, and to receive 'subject endorsement', students will need to take the subject in both semesters to gain the required 14 credits.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

Students should have completed 12 credits in History, English or Geography in Level 2.

Career Pathways

Credit Information

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

This course is approved for University Entrance however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Total Credits Available: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91434 v2
History 3.1 - Research an historical event or place of significance to New Zealanders, using primary and secondary sources
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91435 v2
History 3.2 - Analyse an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 10
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 10
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 10
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 10

At least 14 Achieved credits are required in an approved subject for the subject to count as an approved University Entrance subject. You will need to take both Semesters at Level 3 to earn 14 credits as each semester usually offers 8-10 credits.


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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