09 Social Studies 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Natasha Charman.

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 encourages ākonga to observe, to wonder and be curious about people, places, and society, and to take an interest and engage in social issues and ideas.Social Studies helps us to understand different societies, perspectives, values and viewpoints. We learn to value and contribute to our own society as critical, ethical, informed and responsible citizens with a concern for the wellbeing of communities and a commitment to a fair society for all. 

Topics taught in Year 9 include; Te Taiao (the environment), Migration and Change (Pacific and Polynesian focus) and Our World - Resources, Globalisation and Population. 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, understanding perspectives, collaborating with others and formal essay writing.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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


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