Tawa College Tawa College

Level 1 History 101

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs A. Nielsen.

Recommended Prior Learning

An interest in Social Studies or History is recommended. Please be aware this is a literacy-rich subject.

“Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional”. - Max Lucado

History is the study of the past – it investigates the people, societies, and events of the past. Studying History gives us the tools to analyze and explain problems, develop empathy, think critically and understand how the events of the past influence the world today.

This course is an introduction to historical thinking. In Year 11 students will study a range of different contexts based around the themes of conflict, identity and international relations. Students will learn a range of skills such as explaining historical perspectives, writing convincing and logical arguments, interpreting sources and learning how to carry out effective research.

Course Overview

Term 1
In Term One students will be introduced to the skill of forming an argument using primary evidence. We will spend this term developing this skills through looking at a range of historical debates such as:
- Princess Diana: Accident or Assassination?
- Rasputin: Hero or Villain?
- JFK: Lone shooter or Conspiracy?

Term 2
In Term Two students will be introduced to the key historical thinking concepts such as significance, perspectives and cause and effect. This term will focus on the themes of conflict and identity. Possible topics could include World War One, the Dawn Raids or Nuclear Free New Zealand.

Term 3
In Term Three students will continue to develop their skills from Term One and Two based around the themes of conflict and identity. This may also include exploring the Classical World as an introduction to the content and skills that are relevant to senior Classical Studies.

Term 4
In Term Four students will focus on the concept of significance. Historical significance asks us to consider what events, people, and places we choose to remember and why. Students will learn the skills required to carry out effective research.

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


NCEA Level 2 Classical Studies 201, NCEA Level 2 Geography 201, NCEA Level 2 History 201, NCEA Level 2 Legal Studies 201

Career Pathways

Journalist, Copywriter, Archivist, Historian, Author, Elected Government Representative, Psychologist, Editor, Solicitor, Curator, Foreign Policy Officer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Primary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Secondary School Teacher, Social Worker, Teacher Aide, Tour Guide