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Connections with other school subjects

History has close links to other social sciences but can be linked to all subject areas because each has its own history.

Work with your colleagues to help students examine the history of science, art, mathematics, health, sport, technology, music, visual art, dance, and drama.

Integrated approaches

There are a number of ways that interdisciplinary approaches can be explored.

Historical material can add to a discrete subject study

Examples include:

  • English: study of a text that has a clear historical basis to inform transactional writing and provide context for literature studies. Using the expertise of English teachers to strengthen the teaching of literacy through history
  • media studies: historical films, films with a reflective context (for example, sci-fi), film themes. Production of a film or documentary presenting the results of historical research
  • learning languages: historical source documents in other languages
  • science: eugenics, the context surrounding the debate over evolution, the history of medicine
  • technology: the history of food (recipes) or clothing (fashion)
  • mathematics and statistics: exploration (use of latitude, mapping)
  • geography/senior social studies: historical sites, geological changes in terrain, changing landscapes, environmental history, sustainability
  • the arts: music, dance, drama, the visual arts through history
  • art history: early art in New Zealand. Designing special studies to help students develop a general historical understanding of the context being studied
  • ICT: creating websites or podcasts to present the results of historical research as individual, group, or class projects
  • education for sustainability: teacher to lead study of environmental collapse of earlier societies such as Easter Island/Rapanui
  • physical education: working to study the history of attitudes to health and body image
  • music: providing historical context to the composition of pieces being studied.

Integrated courses

Courses could also be constructed by drawing on achievement standards from a variety of subjects, for example:

  • New Zealand studies: drawing on history, geography, education for sustainability, and economics
  • cultural studies: drawing on history, te reo Māori, art history, and media studies
  • science studies: drawing on history, science, and geography.

Learning pathways

History provides multiple learning pathways.

At school

Students can continue to study history as a discrete discipline, or they can pursue historical strands and apply their historical understandings in other subject areas, for example, in the arts, geography, psychology, classical studies, education for sustainability, and biology.

At tertiary level

Students can study history as a discrete discipline, or they can use historical understandings to support and enrich their study in other disciplines, such as physics, medicine, law, commerce, management, languages, archaeology, anthropology, and health studies.

Learning for life

The study of history provides life-long opportunities for exploration. The study of history can be the base for a career as an academic historian, a teacher, a public researcher, an analyst, and so on.

The study of history is a rich area for sustaining and extending personal interests and explorations (family/whānau history, local history, political history, military history, and so on). A range of media (books, magazines, television channels, and Internet sites) support exploration and enable information sharing.

Last updated July 23, 2010