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:

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

 

Junior Subjects:

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

 

Year 9 Social Studies    (9SST)

Year 9 Social Studies is a concept based course. The three inquiry units explored across the year are:

  • 100% Pure?
  • Our People
  • Impact Players

These are assessed through: 

  • Formal writing - paragraphs and essays
  • Individual and group inquiry tasks

 

Year 10 Social Studies    (10SST)

Year 10 Social Studies is a concept based course. The three inquiry units explored across the year are:

  • Global Challenges
  • Partnership & Protest
  • Global Citizens

 These are assessed through: 

  • Formal writing - paragraphs and essays
  • Individual and group inquiry tasks

 

Year 10 Enterprise Studies    (10EST)

Year 10 Enterprise Studies is an introduction to the economic world. The four inquiry units explored across the year are: 

  • The Economic Problem (basic economic concepts)
  • Getting Down to Business (entrepreneurship - includes market day)
  • Money Matters (financial management)
  • All Around the World (trade and cultural responsiveness)

These are assessed through: 

  • Formal writing - paragraphs, business plan
  • Individual and group inquiry tasks
  • Presentations
  • Market Day
  • In class tests
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