NCEA Level 2 History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Gregory

Recommended Prior Learning

14 credits in a Social Science subject (History, Geography, Economics), and/or 14 credits in English 1 or 2, or in consultation with teacher in charge (Mr Gregory).

Level 2 History focuses on some of the major forces and events of the 19th century which have shaped the 20th century and which will continue to influence the 21st century. There are three main sections to the course:
1. International Relations
A study of the origins and causes of the World War, from military alliances to the arms race, and international crises to assassinations. The impact of this event is still being felt today and has influenced the geopolitical decisions on every continent.
2. Government and Political Change
The Russian Revolution which saw the bloody overthrow of the royal family and its replacement by a radical group of communist revolutionaries. A revolution that has influenced and inspired those wanting greater equality and which helped reshape the political landscape of the world.
3. Imperialism and the Emergence of New Nations
Vietnam and the conflict in Indo-China 1945 – 1975 which saw the determined effort of the people of Vietnam to overthrow the imperialistic super powers of France and the United States and gain their freedom and independence – an issue that still faces many countries today.
4. Research topics
This component is internally assessed and comprises 9 credits. Different topics are chosen from year to year depending on the interests and strengths of the students, availability of resources and the requirements of the standards.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.


Social Science

Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 3 History

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Ring binder, A4 Refill (14B8), subject dividers, highlighter.
A personal device is preferred for this subject.

Pathway Tags

Urban/Regional Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Historian, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Town Planner, Teaching, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Film maker, Lawyer, Social Work, Survey Tech


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Credits listed may change.