Level 2 History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms B. Wood

Recommended Prior Learning

14 credits or more in Level 1 History, or with the approval of the TIC of History.
If doing this subject for the first time, students must have Level 1 Literacy and 14 credits or more in Level 1 English.

History is more than the study of the past; it is a living creative act. History explores past events in order to inform us about who we are and what is happening today. History gives us our cultural roots. It helps us understand ourselves, our neighbours, our nation, other cultures, and the world, enabling us to become truly global citizens. We learn a lot from history, and this knowledge helps us to avoid the mistakes of the past and make better decisions for the future, just as we learn from our own experiences.

Studying History supplies students with the skills to analyse complex evidence, present evidence-based arguments, and put things in perspective. Such skills developed from studying History can be applied in many careers, as well as to all walks of life. 

Besides learning about important events, people and places, students will be given the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills including: gathering and selecting information from a variety of sources, recognising specific points of view, bias and propaganda, comprehending and using historical relationships, presenting an argument and supporting it with well-chosen evidence and reasoned conclusions. History is not just about “them;” it is also about “us.”

Possible topics to be covered at Level 2 History:

  • War for Wellington
  • Historical case studies around achieving social justice
  • Self-determination in the Pacific
  • Israel and Palestine
  • Taranaki conflict 
  • Colonial Uprisings
  • Walking Through Wellington
  • Spread of Empire

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


Level 3 History

Career Pathways

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Own laptop and ear buds or exercise book

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