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.


Social Science


10 Social Studies 1

Career Pathways

Counsellor, Interpreter, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Private Teacher/Tutor, Youth Worker, Teacher Aide, Author, Advertising Specialist, Sales and Marketing Manager, Journalist, Community Development Worker, Technical Writer, Editor, Marketing Specialist, Communications Professional, Foreign Policy Officer, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Translator, Market Research Analyst, Survey Interviewer, Recreation Co-ordinator, Intelligence Officer, Statistician, Economist, Policy Analyst, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Elected Government Representative, Judge, Workplace Relations Adviser, Court Registry Officer, Business Analyst, Building Surveyor, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Telecommunications Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Customs Officer, Early Childhood Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Project Manager, Secondary School Teacher, Data Analyst, Auditor, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Barrister, Biosecurity Officer, Urban/Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Psychologist, Solicitor, Psychiatrist, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Environmental Engineer, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Health and Safety Inspector, Geophysicist, Health and Safety Adviser, Immigration Officer, Geospatial Specialist, Archivist, Historian, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Tertiary Lecturer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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

Pathway Tags

Interpreter, Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher, Survey Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Geophysicist, Author, Archivist, Curator, Psychiatrist, Library Assistant, Economist, Tertiary Lecturer, Valuer, Event Manager, Personal Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Statistician, Counsellor, Psychologist, Geologist, Human Resources Adviser, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Youth Worker, Social Worker, Geospatial Specialist, Psychotherapist, Career Consultant, Advertising Specialist, Sales and Marketing Manager, Journalist, Community Development Worker, Quantity Surveyor, Technical Writer, Editor, Workplace Relations Adviser, Primary School Teacher, Marketing Specialist, Data Analyst, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Historian, Urban/Regional Planner, Elected Government Representative, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Communications Professional, Solicitor, Judge, Foreign Policy Officer, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Environmental/Public Health Officer, Immigration Officer, Librarian, Translator, Market Research Analyst, Survey Interviewer, Policy Analyst, Recreation Co-ordinator, Intelligence Officer