Year 12 History

Course Description

This course can be taken as a full year option (14-18 credits) OR as a Semester option (Semester 1: 9 credits, Semester 2: 9 credits). All Level 2 History Internal credits count towards UE Literacy Reading, External credits count towards UE literacy Reading and Writing.

Who is this subject intended for:
This is for students who are interested in understanding why things are the way they are, using studies of people, places and events of the past to help explain the present. Our heritage helps define who we are so it is important to look back as well as to look forward. It is an academic course that offers up to 28 credits.

What you will learn in this subject:
‚óŹ Skills:
Transferable skills such as research; the ability to interpret and understand a wide range of resource material; how to communicate clearly and effectively using a range of written and oral presentation methods. Essay writing is a key skill that you will develop. You should also become more confident, questioning and articulate.
• Content:
The theme of Conspiracy and Controversy will be studied. Students will be studying Holocaust Denial, Conspiracy Theories and the life of Ettie Rout, New Zealand’s first safe sex campaigner. Alternative topics can be explored to suit student interest.
Where this subject will lead:
This course will enable you to advance to higher levels of history. It compliments other subjects such as English, Geography, Classics, Economics and so on. You will gain credits towards your NCEA Level 2 certificate. History supports a huge number of career paths especially those that require high degrees of literacy and organisational skills. Some related jobs include architecture, armed forces, civil service, heritage industry, human resources, journalism, local government, media, politics, teaching and many more.

Recommended Prior Learning

What you need to be able to do and know to achieve in this subject:
Students who have done Level 1 History will cope better with this course. You can pick it up for the first time at this level but you will need to have very good reading and writing skills, as there are some major essays and assignments to do. It is an academic course so there is a lot of material to cover. This will require good time management skills and a positive commitment to achieving at the highest level you are capable of.


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