09 Social Studies 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mark Hobbs

Social Studies is a core subject in Year 9 and follows on in Year 10. 

From Social Studies, students can move into specialist Social Science subjects in the senior school, namely Geography, History, Classical Studies, Psychology and Tourism. Social Studies is about how and why diverse cultures, in different times and places; act, organise their way of life, and interact with others along with their environment. Social Studies also considers how cultures initiate and respond to change, and meet their political, social, economic and legal needs.

Topics taught in Year 9 include; Turangawaewae (individual and national identity), MAGS Culture and Identity, Pacific Island Communities and Sustainability, Migration and Change (Pacific and Polynesian focus) and Our World - Resources and Globalisation.  Current Events and Social Sciences Skills are interwoven throughout the course.  

A range of assessment methods are used to evaluate students’ understanding of concepts and level of skills. Emphasis is placed on inquiry, values exploration, collaborating with others and formal essay writing.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*09SS1* - No charge
Field trips may crop up and incur a cost.


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