Year 13 History: Russia (This course is now full and no longer available in 2021)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: R. Kuitert

Topic: Russia: Mad Tsars and Violent Revolutionaries.

Russia is one of the largest nations on the planet geographically and by population. What makes Russia so different from other European nations? Why has it experienced so much violence? Why is it seen as a threat today? If you are interested in current events and extreme history then this course may be for you.

The Russian section of this course focuses on three units: the crazy world of the all powerful tsars; a brief survey of the Bolshevik Revolution that destroyed the monarchy and rocked the world; and the dangerous Russia of Josef Stalin, Man of Steel. These units are focused on preparing students for the end of year examination and provide the context for an internal assessment.

The fourth unit will provide an overview of NZ history from 1800 to 1840. Students will then choose from a range of 19th Century NZ topics to research for another internal assessment.

This course will develop students' skills in critical thinking, close reading and evaluating the reliability of information. It teaches formal writing skills, and as such is a valuable preparatory course for students considering tertiary education or a career choice requiring effective researching and writing skills.

Contributions and Equipment

Specific requirements for this class are:
1B8 Exercise books and an internet capable device (a laptop or chromebook or ipad).

Recommended Prior Learning

It is advantageous for students to have completed Year 11 or 12 History, or to have a minimum of 14 credits in Level 2 English, Classical Studies, Media Studies or Geography.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91435 v2 History 3.2 - Analyse an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
5r *
A.S. 91436 v2 History 3.3 - Analyse evidence relating to an historical event of significance to New Zealanders
4r,4w *
A.S. 91437 v2 History 3.4 - Analyse different perspectives of a contested event of significance to New Zealanders
5r *
A.S. 91438 v2 History 3.5 - Analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event
6r,6w *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

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