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History - Level 2


Qualification: NCEA Level 2

Entry requirements: No restrictions.


We begin the year learning about the Vietnam War and New Zealand’s involvement in that conflict. How and why the United States chose to enter the conflict in Vietnam and how New Zealand was pressured to contribute are important aspects that will be covered. We will also look closely at the experience of New Zealand soldiers - both in Vietnam and their treatment when they returned.

The major topic for the year will the the 1981 Springbok Tour protests. This will be examined in depth, with causes such as the South African Apartheid system, NZ’s continued sporting contacts with South Africa, the Muldoon government’s decision to allow the tour all examined as causes of the protests. Students will learn how and why the protests escalated and the extent to which the tour and protests caused a division in NZ society.

Extensive historical thinking skills will be developed throughout the year, enabling students to critically examine information as an Historian.

Throughout the year you will develop research and analysis techniques, and refine your critical thinking and communication skills.

Course Costs: Nil


2 Internal Achievement Standards worth 9 Credits

2 External Achievement Standards worth 9 Credits

This course offers 18 UE Reading and 9 UE Writing credits.

Where does it lead? NCEA Level 3.

For further information see HOD History Mr Thornhill tlc@cghs.school.nz, Ms Barrell brs@cghs.school.nz, or Ms Hornsey hns@cghs.school.nz.