St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 1 History

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Hurley.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

The History course at Level One is focussed on the central theme 'Achieving Social Justice'. What challenges did different groups of people face as they sought to improve their lives? 

We will look at a range of twentieth century contexts which could include:


  • Mau Independence Movement in Samoa
  • the Dawn Raids
  • 1918 Influenza Epidemic
  • Māori Resistance to Land Loss - 1975 Hikoi and Bastion Point


  • Quest for Civil Rights in the United States

Assessment will comprise two internal standards and one external standard. 

Subject Overview

Term 1
Introduction to L1 History

Achieving Social Justice: Turning Points:
- World War One overview: Gallipoli
- Ettie Rout’s Safe Sex Campaign
- 1918 Influenza Pandemic
- Samoa: the rise of the Mau movement and Black Saturday
- Great Depression 1930s
- 1975 Hikoi and Bastion Point protest

Term 2
Achieving Social Justice
Case Study #1
Quest for Civil Rights in the USA: a history of nonviolent

Term 3
Achieving Social Justice
Case Study #2
Dawn Raids

Term 4
Revision for External Assessment Standard

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


Level 2 History

History supports multiple learning and career pathways. Within the immediate context of senior secondary education, historical understandings can be applied to other subjects within the Social Sciences and to other learning areas such as the Arts, Science and English.
In the tertiary environment, the discipline of History can be further developed towards a career in such fields as a Historian, teacher, researcher or analyst. History can also enrich the study of other disciplines at the tertiary level such as the arts, physics, medicine, law, commerce, management, languages, archaeology, anthropology and health studies.

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Archivist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Minister of Religion, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Conservator, Curator, Workplace Relations Adviser, Records Adviser, Game Developer, Photographer, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Chemist, Barrister, Automotive Technician, Electrical Engineer, Emergency Management Officer, Civil Engineer, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Judge, Personal Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Environmental Engineer, Fishery Officer, Food Technologist, Gardener, Policy Analyst, Elected Government Representative


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.