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Social Studies

INTRODUCTION
Social Studies students focus on looking at society and human activity in the contexts of change, continuity, and contemporary issues.

Social Studies students develop a knowledge and understanding of the diverse and dynamic nature of society and how interactions occur among cultures, societies, and environments.

Social Studies students develop and apply skills as they investigate society, explore issues, make decisions and work co-operatively.

Social Studies leads to the study of Classical Studies, Economics, Geography and History in Year 11-13 and career opportunities in the field of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Journalism and Media, Law, Political Studies, Sociology and Teaching to name a few.

Social Studies enhances and supports the College’s special character of striving towards excellence by a deep respect for intellectual values.

 
YEAR 7 SOCIAL STUDIES TOPICS
Ancient Egypt – A study of the geographical, social and religious influences in Ancient Egyptian society. Students examine how a social hierarchy operates and the consequences for individuals within that society.
Financial Literacy – A study of the way decisions individuals make effect their short and long term economic situation, and the possible opportunity costs of saving and spending choices.

Law and Order – A study of our New Zealand Justice system, based around the concepts of “Beyond Reasonable Doubt”  and “Checks and Balances” systems.


Current Issues – Throughout the year, students will examine a range of current issues as they emerge and evolve.



YEAR 8 SOCIAL STUDIES TOPICS
Explorers and Conquerors – A study of the motives, methods, significance and consequences of a range of explorations throughout history. Students examine positive and negative impacts these explorations have on societies.


The Pacific – A study of geographic features and environmental issues of the Pacific, and how these effect the pacific peoples and cultures. Students examine effects of unsustainable use of available resources in the Pacific.

Natural Disasters – A study of the effects of, and human response to, natural disasters in New Zealand. Students consider how individuals and groups can best prepare for these.

Current Issues – Throughout the year, students will examine a range of current issues as they emerge and evolve.   



YEAR 9 SOCIAL STUDIES TOPICS
Cultures Together – A study of different models of cultural interaction around the world, in the past and present. Students study how cultural interaction can have consequences for the people and societies.
Polynesian Voyages and Settlement – A study of the origins of Polynesia and the archaeological and scientific evidence used to explain how people of Polynesia / Aotearoa lived in the past.

Systems of Government – A study of different government systems such as democracy, dictatorship, theocracy and monarchy. Students examine their role as members of society.

Current Issues – Throughout the year, students will examine a range of current issues as they emerge and evolve.

 

YEAR 10 SOCIAL STUDIES TOPICS
Changing Viewpoints on the Treaty – A study of New Zealand’s history and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi for the past, present and future.

Economic Decisions about Resources – A study of how different economic decisions about resources can have both positive and negative effects on people and the environment.

Human Rights and Social Justice – A study of how human rights abuses can be overcome by individuals, groups and organisations seeking Social Justice.

Current Issues – Throughout the year, students will examine a range of current issues as they emerge and evolve.

 

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