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History offers an understanding of human activities in the past in the context of change through time. It enables us to understand their heritage and that of their community, society and nation. By leading us to enter into other times and places to see how the past appeared to the people living then, it challenges us to think about continuity and change, similarities and difference, cause and effect. In the process, we learn that events require explanations, that change is complex, that truth is often difficult to establish and that personal judgments and opinions should be supported by firm evidence and coherent argument.


History is about the present as much as about the past.  It helps dispel our ignorance and misconceptions about contemporary society by putting it in an historical context.  It reminds us that things were not always as they are today and may not necessarily continue to be so in the future. The study of History helps to open our eyes to new possibilities. History is about communication, getting ideas across, both verbally and on paper.  It helps us develop the ability to formulate and express ideas and values.  To develop these skills the course looks at national and international events that are of significance to New Zealanders in the 20th Century.




Theme: From Outrage to Action
Topic contexts:

-Causes and consequences of 9/11 Terrorism.
Osama Bin Laden and the Islamic revolution.
The rise of Nazi persecution
Palestine / Israel conflict

Topic contexts:
-The Cold War; the search for Security in the Nuclear Age
-Serbian nationalism / Bosnia War 1990s
-Vietnam and the Conflict in Indo-China
-The Second Wave of Feminism in New Zealand


Topic contexts:
-Introduction to the history of protest in New Zealand
-Historical Significance
-Parihaka – Civil disobedience as a non-violent protest method
-Cossacks and Comrades: Two case studies of Industrial Action. 1912 / 1913 in NZ
-Pacifism and Anti-Conscription WWI
-Inquiring into Contested Events – Student research topic of own choice;
-Depression era protest
-Anti-Vietnam War Protest
-Anti-Tour protest 1981
-Anti-nuclear protest 1970s/80s
-Maori land rights protest
-Polynesian Panthers protest
-HLR protest campaign for Civil Rights and an end to discrimination.



Tutorials are given during the year for Year 12 and 13 students interested in Scholarship. Students need to speak to their History teacher to enrol.



In order to access teaching and learning resources from your teacher, log in to the Baradene website and navigate to ‘My Dashboard’.


We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events. 
Gerda Lerner

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