Teacher in Charge: Ms B. WilsonRecommended Prior Learning
Level 1 Literacy.
This course is made up of three topics. The first topic is Five Wives too Many which covers England during Tudor times including Henry VIII and his wives, the Spanish Armada, plots against the monarchs, religious reforms and society. The second topic delves in to the experiences new arrivals to New Zealand had in the 19th Century. Historian James Belich states perhaps flippantly that they were seeking Seals, Sex and Souls. Also covered are issues of cultural interaction, war, the development of the kiwi bloke and women’s rights. The final topic for the year is Gangsters, Grog and Girls. The setting for this is the USA between WWI and WWII. This will include the prohibition era, advances in technology, women gaining the vote and also the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, the Wall Street Crash and Great Depression.
Students will create their own pathway through this course. With guidance from their teacher, they will select up to four of the five standards offered. This is individualised for each student.
Skills developed in History include research, processing and analysing information from a range of sources including old photos, documents, video, cartoons, and communicating information through arguing your case using the evidence you have collated. Field trips for research purposes are part of the course.
History develops skills such as research, analysis and writing that are useful for most careers including law, advertising, journalism, medicine, publicity and engineering. It also provides a broad general education and is now a requirement for entry into some university courses.
Historian, Elected Government Representative, Journalist, Solicitor, Judge, Curator, Foreign Policy Officer, Librarian, Policy Analyst, Tertiary Lecturer, Secondary School Teacher, Intelligence Officer