Social Studies at Year 9 and 10

'Social Studies education aims to enable students to participate in a changing society as informed, confident, and responsible citizens' (SS curriculum document)


If we choose not to live alone, we must learn how to live together. As a core subject in the junior school Social Studies offers students a key part of their identity - a place to stand. By examining our own and other people's societies our developing young citizens move closer to an understanding of how they are affected by the rules, laws, values and attitudes of the people around them. More significantly, by learning the vital skills of inquiry and research, valuing and taking social action, they learn how they can shape our developing society and its cultures. Knowing who we are gives us strength. Knowing how to make a difference empowers us to do so.


Social Studies at Year 11, 12 and 13

The senior programme focuses students on investigating the forces which shape the development of societies and the individual and on the issues which challenge their lives now and in the future. By learning about the ways individuals and groups affect each other we can become more effective individuals in developing a business, growing a family, or in our personal lives.

'Students will be challenged to think clearly and critically about human behaviour and to explore different values and viewpoints. An emphasis is placed on learning about New Zealand society and the countries and regions that have significance for New Zealand.' (SS curriculum document)
So where does Social Studies lead?

Any career path that involves working with people is enhanced by this subject. Specifically, tertiary courses follow on from the senior programme at Universities and Technical Colleges with sociology, psychology and human geography being natural directions.

This pathway provides students with knowledge and skills that are relevant for a wide range of occupations such as human resources, social research, social policy formation, law, social work, nursing, primary, secondary and tertiary teaching, medicine, personnel management, resource management, journalism, engineering, town planning, architecture and more.