L1 History - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr I. Cribbens

L1 History - Black Civil Rights, Protest and the Atomic Bomb! - Semester A

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of key historical events that have changed both global and New Zealand History over the 20th Century.  Through analysing these events, students will understand the power we all have to make change, and analyse the moral justification of world changing events. 

Watch here for a short explanation from Mr Cribbens about what you will be studying.

In particular, students will look at:

  • The Black Civil Rights Movement in America - The ongoing struggle of African-Americans to gain equality after centuries of slavery and segregation.  The year will begin by looking at the History of America; the introduction of slavery, the Civil War, and the 100 years of forced racial segregation, violence and lynching.  We will then move on to looking at the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jnr's 'Dream', before considering the broader question of: has equality in America been achieved?  Click here for a youtube clip with more information.
  • Protests in New Zealand - Students will be able to select from a series of protests and movements which shaped and defined New Zealand society, including the Maori Land Rights Movement, the Springbok Tour, the Polynesian Panther Movement and Nuclear Free New Zealand. Click here for you a short youtube clip about the Springbok Tour Protests.
  • The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - examining different viewpoints on whether the use of the atomic bomb on Japan during WWII was justified (right or wrong). Is it ever 'right' to intentionally kill hundreds of thousands of civilians? Click here for footage of the bombing. 

All Achievement Standards offered during this course provide Literacy Credits and students will therefore be able to gain 12 literacy credits in this course.

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.

Students who wish to achieve Merit or Excellence Subject Endorsement must also take Year 11 History in Semester B. 


L1 History - Semester B, L2 History - Semester A, L2 History - Semester B

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.  However, it is recommended that students come to the course with a reasonable level of literacy (ability to read and write).

Credit Information

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

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91001 v3 History 1.1 - Carry out an investigation of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
A.S. 91002 v3 History 1.2 - Demonstrate understanding of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
A.S. 91004 v3 History 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives of people in an historical event of significance to New Zealanders
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

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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.