Social Sciences


Social Studies is a core subject taken by all Year 9 and 10 students.

Year 9
The Year 9 Social Studies course is a half-year course.

There are three topics within the course:

  • The Ancient World - This topic looks at how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives. Students also investigate how people know about ancient civilisations today. Students study these things by looking at specific ancient civilisations such as the Roman and Greek civilisations.
  • Australia - This topic looks at people moving to Australia and the consequences this had for the Aborigines.  Students do a case study of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • New Zealand Geography a study of locations, migration patterns, climate and resource use in NZ.

In addition, students learn about current events. Special events such as the General Election, the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games are learnt about in the years they occur.

Year 10
This is a full-year course.
There are six topics within the course:

  • War and Peace - This topic looks at human rights, World War I, World War II, the United Nations and other peace groups.
  • Pacific Challenges - This topic examines the management of our resources, the causes and impacts of global warming and climate change on the Pacific Islands and other places.
  • Birth of a Nation - This enables students to look at our origins as a nation, the Treaty of Waitangi, and how cultural interactions impact on cultures and society.
  • Rich World, Poor World - This looks at economic and social indicators of development such as GDP, mortality rates, etc. Students investigate inequality by looking at developed countries and comparing them to undeveloped countries.
  • Who's the Boss? - This topic looks at different types of Government, past and present, including NZ's government, Communism, totalitarianism, the USA, local government and the ways these governments affect peoples lives.
  • Elective - With this topic the teacher chooses a unit appropriate for the class. At this time students may be able to earn NCEA credits.

In addition, all Year 10 classes complete a Careers module. This is done during the six weeks allocated for the Elective topic, and takes up to two weeks. Students also learn about current events. Special events such as the General Election and the Olympic and Commonwealth Games are learnt about in the years they occur.

Junior Social Studies leads on to the following subjects at Level 1, 2 and 3 in the senior school:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Economics
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Classical Studies

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