Tawa College Tawa College

NCEA Level 2 History 201

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs A. Nielsen.

Recommended Prior Learning

This is a literacy-heavy subject. Students should have 8 credits from a Level 1 subject which is literacy-rich (eg. Geography or English). Year 11 History is helpful but this is not a compulsory pre-requisite.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest”.  - Elie Wiesel

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

In Year 12 students will study a range of different contexts based around the themes of protest, resistance and persecution. The course builds on the knowledge and skills students learnt in HIS101. Students will learn a range of skills such as examining historical perspectives, exploring different sides of contested events, writing convincing and logical arguments, analysing sources and learning how to carry out effective research.

Course Overview

Term 1
In Term One students will interpret perspectives on a historical event. Students will learn about the factors that shape people’s thinking about the past and how they influence the actions of people and groups. The context for this will be decided based on the interests of the class. Possible topics may include the invasion of Parihaka, the Russian Revolution or the Salem Witch Trials.

Term 2
In Term Two students will complete a mini topic with the aim of developing their source analysis skills. Students will learn skills for effective research and to evaluate the usefulness and reliability of sources. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a research project on a topic of their choice related to the themes of the course.

Term 3
In Term Three students will study an event that is of significance to New Zealanders. In this unit students will develop their essay writing skills and the ability to formulate a convincing argument. The context for this will be decided based on the interests of the class. Possible topics could include the formation of the Polynesian Panthers or New Zealand's involvement in Vietnam.

Term 4
In Term Four students will focus on revision and preparation for the external examinations.

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


NCEA Level 3 Classical Studies 301, NCEA Level 3 Geography 301, NCEA Level 3 History 301, NCEA Level 3 Legal Studies 301

Career Pathways

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