Social Studies

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, Chinese or Egyptian civilisations.
  • Australia - Students investigate how people’s management of resources impact environmental and social sustainability through case studies of the Great Barrier Reef and uranium mining. They also study features of the Australian government, Australia’s economic relations with New Zealand, and the Aboriginal culture.
  • The Wild West - This topic specifically looks at the movement of people between places and the consequences this had on people and places. Students investigate Native American peoples and how European migration impacted them.
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, and the United Nations.
  • Pacific Challenges - This topic examines the management of our resources, the Kyoto Protocol and the impacts of global warming (cultural and natural) 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.
  • From Villeins to Voters - In this topic government systems are studied. Students look at the introduction of the Feudal System with William the Conqueror in 1066 right through to our present day system of government.
  • Elective - With this topic the teacher chooses a unit appropriate for the class.
In addition, all Year 10 classes complete a Careers module. This is normally 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