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 TÅ«hoe 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.

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.

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
5r *
A.S. 91435 v2 History 3.2 - Analyse an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
5r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

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

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

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

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