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This course examines the role of ideas and beliefs in promoting change throughout History. The impact of European arrival, and interaction with native peoples in nineteenth century New Zealand, are a core area of study in examining the role of ideas and beliefs in an historical context. Another area of focus is the philosophy and reasoning behind the implementation of the strategic bombing campaign of WWII. Finally, students will conduct a research assignment on a topic of their own choosing. This is designed to get students actively exercising the skills of an historian.
History develops important skills. These include the ability to interpret and analyse information, draw conclusions and communicate findings in reports.
Topic: The New Zealand wars
In this term we examine the causes and consequences of the New Zealand wars for New Zealand. The course takes a broad look at the forces driving colonialism before paying particular focus on the key moment of the wars; The Invasion of the Waikato by Imperial forces in 1863. This event and subsequent events would have profound ramifications for all of New Zealand’s subsequent history until and including the present.
Topic: The New Zealand Wars (cont.)
Topic: The debate over the Strategic bombing campaign of World War 2. In this topic we look at the arguments for and against the use of massed aircraft against the cities of Germany and Japan. Were the much lauded benefits real and was it worth the huge number of civilian casualties? Were there viable alternatives and if so why weren't they pursued? All this is studied and students are tasked with assessing the arguments and forming their own opinion.