Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

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.


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
Ruler and glue stick
Field trips may crop up and incur a cost.