L2 History - Semester B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr I. Cribbens

Level 2 History - Semester B

Apocalypse Now:  The Vietnam War and My Lai Massacre

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:

  • The Vietnam War - Between 1965-1975 the US government deployed over 2 million soldiers to Vietnam in an attempt to eliminate the 'threat of communism'.  Over 2 million Vietnamese, the majority of them civilians, would die in the brutal war that followed.  Students will examine the conditions in Vietnam that created a desire for revolution and analyse the intentions and justification for US military involvement in Vietnam. Students will also study the consequences of the War, including the My Lai Massacre, Anti-War Movement, Cambodian Genocide and Paris Peace Accords.

  • The My Lai Massacre - Students will analyse perspectives on the My Lai Massacre, in which US soldiers entered a village and killed 504 children, women, and elderly Vietnamese. In particular, students will be given the space to form their own opinion on the validity of these actions and who is to blame for them occurring.

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 Credits and students will therefore be able to gain 5 Reading and 5 Writing Literacy Credits in this course.  

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

Although there are no prerequisites for this course, it is noted that this course is designed to complement and support ‘The Power of the People: Year 12, Semester 1 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 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: 10 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91232 v2
History 2.4 - Interpret different perspectives of people in an historical event 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
A.S. 91233 v2
History 2.5 - Examine causes and consequences of a significant historical event
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r,5w
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 10
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 10
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 10
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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