Level 3 History: Russia - the Rise, Fall and Renewal of a Superpower.*

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

In Level 3 History students will learn from the past in order to better understand the present and future. This full year course focuses on the long history of oppressive rulers in Russian history: from crazy tsars to murderous Stalin and the aggressive actions of present-day President Putin. The colonisation of NZ in the 19th Century provides a context for the internals.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Critical thinking- reasoning, interpreting information, analysing, identifying patterns and trends, synthesising information, making judgements based on evidence.
  • How the tsars ruled and how some famous tsars such as Ivan the Terrible had long term impacts on Russia.

  • Information literacy- identifying fact and opinion, making judgements about the quality of information, assessing the reliability of different sources of information such as websites.
  • How and why the last tsar, Nicholas II, failed and why he and his family were executed.

  • Communication skills- communicating effectively in a variety of formats: for example in small group and full class discussions; written work; visual formats.
  • Why did so many Russians support the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and what actually is communism?

  • Stalin’s brutal rule of terror- why did 20 million people have to die? How is Stalin viewed by Russians today?

  • NZ in the 19th century: early Maori; colonisation and the changing relationships between Maori and European (this will be the basis for the internals).


Year Levels/Departments:

History, Seniors

Resources Required

1B8 exercise book- optional