Year 13 History (13HIS)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Mitchell


14+ credits from Year 12 History or with approval from the HOD. Students who have not studied History before may take Year 13 History with the approval of the HOD.

History at Level 3 looks at the contestability of events in the past and the various interpretations of these events. Students evaluate primary and secondary data and the different views of historians. Skills of independent inquiry and research are also developed which are essential tertiary skills. 

This pathway provides students with knowledge and skills that are relevant for a wide range of occupations such as law, journalism, the media, politics, human resources, research, nursing, primary, secondary and tertiary teaching, medicine, management and many other careers. 

The themes studied include: 

An Event or a Place of Significance to New Zealanders: 

- Students will complete individual research on an event or place of significance to New Zealanders. This could include the Women's Suffrage Movement, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Gallipoli Campaign, and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. 

- There is an opportunity to attend a three-day field trip to the Bay of Islands to explore sites and events of significance to New Zealanders. 

Historical Trends in History – The historical trend studied is the struggle for supremacy between the east and west after 1945. The cold war conflict between the USA and USSR at the end of World War II is an example of a contested event in history.

Contested History – The contestable nature of history is examined through a study of strategic bombing in World War II.

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Archivist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Barrister, Minister of Religion, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Conservator, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Judge, Curator, Workplace Relations Adviser, Records Adviser, Game Developer, Photographer, Policy Analyst

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Bay of Islands field trip $350 (approximately)