HS3000 - History NCEA Level 3 (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

This course consists of two main parts which may be studied in any order. Either one or both parts may be studied.

Part one - students complete an in-depth study of one of the following two options

either: Tudor and Stuart England from 1558 to 1660. This was a time of great upheaval and intrigue. Students look at how England was governed, issues facing monarchs such as Elizabeth I and the early Stuart kings and developments during the Civil War and Interregnum. By exploring this time period, students learn about early modern English society and its economy, the religious changes that occurred, and how these remain relevent even today (leading to two external standards). A third (external) source interpretation standard is also available.

or: an in-depth study of New Zealand in the 19th century. Students explore how Māori and Pakeha interacted, the economic and political changes that occurred and the social issues and attitudes that existed. Students will look in detail at some major events in our history from the Treaty of Waitangi to the New Zealand Wars. New Zealand’s development from isolated to settled is also covered (leading to one internal and two external standards). A third (external) source interpretation standard is also available.

Note: Students choosing Tudor and Stuart England have the option to complete additional internal standards based on an analysis of sources relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Part two - students research a ‘contested historical event’ that they choose but which must be confirmed in consultation with their teacher. Examples of possible events that students may choose to research include: the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; New Zealand’s involvement in the loss of Crete to German forces in 1941; the impact of New Zealand woman getting the vote; was the trial of Mary Stuart, or Charles I justified?; the effects on Māori of large-scale Pakeha migration in the 19th century (leading to two internal standards).

New Zealand Scholarship exams are designed to extend very high achieving Level 3 students. Those who wish to enter the New Zealand Scholarship exam in this subject must discuss this option with their Te Kura subject teacher.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a very good level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
91434 Research an historical event or place of significance to New Zealanders, using primary and secondary sources 2 5 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
91435 Analyse an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders 2 5 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91436 Analyse evidence relating to an historical event of significance to New Zealanders 2 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
91437 Analyse different perspectives of a contested event of significance to New Zealanders 2 5 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91438 Analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event 2 6 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
91439 Analyse a significant historical trend and the force(s) that influenced it 2 6 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard