Year 12 History

12HIS
Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr H. Meads

Introduction - why study History?

History aims to stimulate an interest in and an enthusiasm for learning about the past. We want to ensure that students' knowledge of contemporary society is grounded in an understanding of the past. In History, students read a range of source material, learning to interpret information with discrimination and insight.

Students develop their communication skills, learning to express themselves effectively for different purposes. Key historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference, as well as investigation, analysis and evaluation of source material, are developed.

History provides a broad foundation of knowledge and skills for a wide range of university courses and careers. History students become skilled at:

  1. Analysing large amounts of information, extracting the most relevant information, prioritising, assessing and constructing arguments. These skills are essential in careers such as law, administration, politics and government, TV research and journalism.
  2. Enquiring and searching for information, knowing where to look and what questions to ask. These skills are essential in careers such as law and policing, investigative reporting, market research.
  3. Communicating ideas in an organised, structured and logical fashion. History requires extended, logical, reasoned debate in writing. These skills are essential in careers that require writing reports, including academia, the civil service, law, and journalism.
  4. Understanding individuals and groups - their feelings, attitudes, prejudices and motivations. These skills are essential in careers such as personnel, law, teaching, and social work.
  5. Understanding historical skills such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, which are essential in any career that requires analysis and strategy, such as the armed forces, teaching, advertising, medicine, banking and accountancy.
  6. Developing skills of problem solving and evaluating solutions. The study of History teaches information handling, communicating ideas, flexibility and tolerance - skills that are essential in problem solving in industry and in research and development teams in science and engineering.

Subject Overview

Term 1
Students will begin to look at historical issues on a global scale, briefly examining the Cold War and zeroing in on the Vietnam War as an example of the conflict. We will look at the different understandings of how it was perceived.

Students will have completed
91232 Interpret different perspectives of people in an historical event that is of significance to New Zealanders

Term 2
Students will look at the causes of Hitler's rise to power during this term.

Students will have completed
91229 Carry out an inquiry of an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders

Term 3
Students will develop skills around the ability to read and analyse resources in preparation for their external exams

Students will have completed
91230 Examine an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders

Term 4
Students will apply one of the case studies they have looked at to the external exam

Students will have completed
91231 Examine sources of an historical event that is of significance to New Zealanders
91233 Examine causes and consequences of a significant historical event

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91229 v2 History 2.1 - Carry out an inquiry of an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders
2
I
4
Y
4r
A.S. 91230 v2 History 2.2 - Examine an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders
2
I
5
Y
5r
A.S. 91231 v2 History 2.3 - Examine sources of an historical event that is of significance to New Zealanders
2
E
4
Y
4r,4w
A.S. 91232 v2 History 2.4 - Interpret different perspectives of people in an historical event that is of significance to New Zealanders
2
I
5
Y
5r
A.S. 91233 v2 History 2.5 - Examine causes and consequences of a significant historical event
2
E
5
Y
5r,5w
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.

Pathway Tags

Archivist, Historian, Barrister, Author, Elected Government Representative, Trainer, Journalist, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Curator, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Primary School Teacher, Librarian, Library Assistant, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide