Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

10 Social Studies 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Natasha Charman.

Social Studies is a core subject 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 10 include; Powering Humanity, Aotearoa and Overseas Conflicts, Te Tiriti O Waitangi, Systems of Government.  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 and research, justifying a course of action on an issue, working with others and formal essay writing.  


Social Science


11 Geography 1, 11 History 1, 11 Social Science with Literacy 3

Career Pathways

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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*10SS1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $13 for workbooks.
Glue stick, ruler.
Individual classes may undertake local field trips, which could involve an additional cost to students.