History Level 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Peterson

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however an interest in local, national and international modern history would be an advantage.

Building on skills learnt in previous years, students will further develop their historical understanding and ability to think critically. Level 2 will also introduce key historical skills for students who have not studied the subject before. The content of the course centers around the event of the formation of Al Qaeda. In looking at this event students will explore conflict in the Middle East after World War 2, Islamic teachings, Afghan-Soviet War and International Relations post 9/11. Research internal assessments will be based on the ‘secret’ social history of New Zealand at war and will allow for student choice in this context from looking at the 28th Maori Battalion, Conscientious Objectors to Surgical Advancements and the Yankee Invasion. The external assessment will focus on essay writing and source interpretation.

Course Overview

Term 1
In Term 1 students will first look at the Invention of the Teenager in New Zealand. This mini topic explores the bodgies and widgie teenage culture during 1950s New Zealand. Following this students will be introduced to the first of two Internal Assessments. Students will explore the options available to them for research. Once they have selected their option students will spend time in and out of class gathering evidence to piece together their research assessment. This thorough process will take them through all of Term 1. Students will be introduced to their second internal at the end of Term 1. Students are encouraged to gather any further research they may require for this in the holidays.

Term 2
The first two-three weeks will be spent piecing together the second Internal Assessment which uses the content from the first alongside more in-depth research to produce a written report.
The focus for the remainder of the term is looking at the causes and consequences of the formation of Al Qaeda. Students will cover comprehensively the conflict in the Middle East after World War 2, Islamic teachings, Afghan-Soviet War and International Relations post 9/11. The last section will primarily look at the significance this event has had on New Zealand.

Term 3
This term will primarily focus on students applying learnt and new skills specific to studying history. Using historical events and set questions students will apply the following skills; perspectives, bias, continuity, change, reliability, usefulness and influence and significance to demonstrate understanding.

Term 4
Term 4 is used to revise and prepare for the external examinations. Based on the preliminary examinations the four weeks will be focused on areas that require further clarification and practice.

Learning Areas:



Classics Level 3, History Level 3, Media Studies Level 3

Career Pathways

Navy Officer, Policy Analyst, Private Teacher/Tutor, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Intelligence Officer, Counsellor, Emergency Management Officer, Psychologist, Conservator, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Judge, Curator, Air Force Airman/Airwoman, Air Force Officer, Personal Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Records Adviser, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Archivist, Police Officer, Army Officer, Army Soldier, Historian, Barrister, Helicopter Pilot, Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Librarian, Library Assistant