Social Sciences

 

What are the Social Sciences?

Through the Social Sciences, students develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to: better understand, participate in, and contribute to the local, national, and global communities in which they live and work; engage critically with societal issues; and evaluate the sustainability of alternative social, economic, political, and environmental practices.

Students explore the unique bicultural nature of New Zealand society that derives from the Treaty of Waitangi. They learn about people, places, cultures, histories, and the economic world, within and beyond New Zealand. They develop understandings about how societies are organised and function and how the ways in which people and communities respond are shaped by different perspectives, values, and viewpoints. As they explore how others see themselves, students clarify their own identities in relation to their particular heritages and contexts.

 

Why Study the Social Sciences?

Students who study the Social Sciences become critical and analytical thinkers, who can question, evaluate and can articulate ideas and concepts from the past, present and into the future. They learn about people, places, cultures, histories, and the economic world, within and beyond New Zealand. They develop understandings about how societies are organised and function and how the ways in which people and communities respond are shaped by different perspectives, values, and viewpoints. As they explore how others see themselves, students clarify their own identities in relation to their particular heritages and contexts.

 

Social Sciences Courses

Senior Subjects in 2017:

  • Business Studies (Years 11, 12, 13)
  • Classical Studies (Years 12 and 13)
  • Economics (Years 11, 12 and 13)
  • Geography (Years 11, 12 and 13)
  • History (Years 11, 12 and 13)

 

Junior Subjects in 2017:

  • Enterprise Studies (Year 10)
  • Social Studies (Year 9 and 10)

 

Year 9 Social Studies    (9SST)

The focus of Year 9 Social Studies is New Zealand culture and identity.  The three topics studied are:

  • Our People
  • Shaping New Zealand
  • 100% Pure

 These are assessed through:

  • Individual Inquiry Projects
  • Group Inquiry Projects
  • Written Tests
  • End of Year Examination

 

Year 10 Social Studies    (10SST)

The focus of Year 10 Social Studies is New Zealand as a global participant. The three topics studied are:

  • Global Challenges
  • Partnership and Protest
  • Global Citizens 

These are assessed through:

  • Individual Inquiry Projects
  • Group Inquiry Projects
  • Written Tests
  • End of Year Examination

 

Year 10 Enterprise Studies    (10EST)

Students study the topics below in year 10:

  • Understand the characteristics and importance of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Experience business in a real context – Market Day
  • Demonstrate an understanding of  money management and personal financial documents
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic economic concepts.

These are assessed through:

  • Written Tests
  • Market Day
  • Assignments – Business Plan
  • In-Class Assessments
  • End of Year Examination
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