Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 3 History

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr E. Campbell.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 History, Classical Studies, English or another Level 2 Social Science subject, or by consultation with Mr Campbell.

This course is highly recommended to any students interested in studying History, Law or Criminal Justice at university.

The 2024 course will focus on either Topic A or Topic B.

TOPIC A: “I believe we were all glad to leave New Zealand. It is not a pleasant place. Amongst the natives there is absent that charming simplicity which is found at Tahiti; and the greater part of the English are the very refuse [rubbish] of society. Neither is the country itself attractive.” So wrote the naturalist Charles Darwin in 1835 of New Zealand. However, over the next 185 years this land was to be the setting of dramatic and transformative confrontation as the rival worlds of Māori and Pākehā clashed and, out of this conflict, there would emerge a new and unique nation – New Zealand. The story of the beginnings of this history, and the legacies that are still being lived with today, will be explored. The course has a particular focus on the period from pre-European times up to the end of the 19th century. Never has it been so important to learn about our own national past. This course is for anyone who is interested in learning about New Zealand’s forgotten or misunderstood history.

TOPIC B: King Henry VIII of England is one of the most infamous figures in history. He ruled England at a time of tremendous change, especially in religion. A deeply complex figure, he had six wives and changed the course of English history. The story of Henry and his break from the Roman Catholic Church will be explored. His daughter by his second wife, Queen Elizabeth I, will also be studied. Very much her father's daughter, she was an even more impressive monarch, especially in the context of her time, which was a society dominated by men. Her reign, and how she has been viewed by historians over time, will be examined.

Learning Areas:

Tikanga ā-iwi - Social Sciences

Career Pathways

Tertiary Lecturer, Signmaker, Journalist, Communications Professional, Musician, Technical Writer, Editor, Curator, Copywriter, Business Analyst, Archivist, Historian, Author, Insurance Adviser, Librarian, Library Assistant