Teacher in Charge:
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed." - Adolf Hitler, dictator of Nazi Germany (1934 - 45)
Those who enjoy learning about people and the times they lived in will enjoy History. History is useful because it enables us to better understand our own society, the world and an individual’s place in it. It is a subject that teaches people to gather, process, interpret and present information. More than ever before, ours is an information-based society. People must adapt to it and handle a wide variety of information.
SKILLS: While we learn topics that are significantly important to us, the aim in Level 1 History is to learn and apply skills that are used widely in society in everyday life including most, if not all careers. There are many careers where the intellectual skills developed through the study of history will be a distinct advantage. These can include the law and associated careers such as police, journalism, and aspects of private business such as in management.
These skills include:
This course covers some of the most significant events in modern world history that still affect us today.
Introductory topic: 'Vikings'. This three-week topic introduces students to the essential skills involved in Level 1 History. We also learn about the early migrations of Scandinavian peoples (800 - 900 C.E) who were otherwise known as 'Vikings'. Who were these people? Why did they end up terrorising Britain and Ireland? What were some of the important myths and gods that the Vikings believed in? These are some of the questions that students will be able to answer by the end of this mini topic through exposure of essential subject skills.
NOTE: For 2023, one of the Year 11 History classes will have the 'Kaiapoi Pa' introduction topic which will be a trial of new content for the upcoming 2024 New Zealand Histories curriculum, but as with the Viking's introductory topic, it will still include the essential skills involved in Level 1 History.
The two main topics:
The Origins of World War II (1919 - 1941) –What were the causes of World War II? This was a global war from 1939 to 1945 that was the deadliest conflict in human history, that claimed over 70 million lives, including over 12 000 New Zealand military personnel. The study will mainly focus on the interwar years between the ending of World War One (or 'The Great War') in 1918, to the opening of World War Two hostilities in 1939, including the entering of the war by the U.S.A in 1941. As part of the interwar period, students will gain an understanding of how influential Adolf Hitler was in starting this conflict and how democratic nations dealt with his aggressive and confrontational policies. However, students will learn that this was not just ‘Hitler’s War’ but one that had its roots and origins in the decline of the old empires of Britain and France and the rise of ambitious new powers in Germany, Italy and Japan who wanted large empires of their own.
The Struggle for 'Black Civil Rights' in the USA (1950 - 1970) - The civil rights movements in the mid-20th century in the U.S.A was to legally secure for African American's equal access to the basic privileges and rights in that country. African American men and women, along with whites, organised and led this movement. While there were legal and some social gains, the early 21st century sees the continuation of the struggle for equality with the global 'Black Lives Matter' movement. Students will learn how these people and groups in 20th century pursued their goals through legal means, petitions, and nonviolent protest demonstrations. Individuals such as Dr. Martin Luther King jnr and Malcolm X who fought for equality as well as individuals and groups of Americans such as the K.K.K. who opposed African American's in having it, will be studied.
This course will have an online learning component that would suit 'Bring Your Own Device' - with students bringing a netbook or laptop to class to access resources and activities through their class Schoology page. This is not compulsory but encouraged.
Stationery: A lever arch folder, subject dividers and A4 lined paper. A document wallet cardboard foolscap for the research assessment.
Digital learning device: This course will have an online learning component that would suit Bring Your Own Device - with students bringing a netbook or laptop to class to access resources and activities through the class Schoology page. Bringing a device is not compulsory but encouraged.