HS1000 - History - NCEA Level 1 (course endorsement available)

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What is History?

To understand the past is to understand the present. History gives students an insight into current world problems and New Zealand’s identity and place in world events. It explores people and events and how they have influenced the world. History is not just about presenting the facts, but observing and questioning values and attitudes. Students improve their communication and writing skills, which enables them to express clear, convincing and well-thought-out arguments. From ancient civilisations to contemporary pop culture, from wars to peace treaties, history is both a fascinating and intellectually stimulating subject.

What this course involves

Over the last 100 years, the world has undergone rapid and significant change. This course focuses on significant, and at times horrific, historical events throughout the 20th century. The effects of events that are studied can still be seen and can help to provide an understanding of today’s international problems.

Students look at why peace did not last in the 1930s and the origins of World War II. Other conflicts investigated include Palestine and Israel, with a focus on the period 1935–2010, and race relations in apartheid-era South Africa.

New Zealand’s past is also explored through topics about bicultural relations between Māori and Pakeha and the nation’s search for security post-World War II.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake their own historical research project on either ‘An Enemy of the State’ or the 1981 Springbok rugby tour.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a reasonable level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
91001 Carry out an investigation of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders 3 4 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91002 Demonstrate understanding of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders 3 4 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91003 Interpret sources of an historical event of significance to New Zealanders 3 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91004 Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives of people in an historical event of significance to New Zealanders 3 4 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91005 Describe the causes and consequences of an historical event 3 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91006 Describe how a significant historical event affected New Zealand society 4 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard