Social Sciences

Social Sciences

In Social Science we aim to help students become active, informed and responsible citizens.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

We aim to ensure that students are aware of the current local, national and global issues and how the events of the past have influenced the world today. Students will learn about how societies work and their place within the world.

We also aim to give students the skills to become critical thinkers who are able to form and express their own opinions clearly. They develop understanding about how societies are organised and function, and how the ways in which people and communities respond are shaped by different perspectives, values, and viewpoints. As they explore how others see themselves, students clarify their own identities in relation to their particular heritage and contexts.

Students take an inquiry approach to learning and will investigate current local, national and global issues. They will also look at how particular events from the past have helped to shape the world we live in today. Students explore the unique bicultural nature of New Zealand society that derives from the Treaty of Waitangi. They learn about people, places, cultures, histories, and the economic world, within and beyond New Zealand. Students will also be able to evaluate the sustainability of alternative social, economic, political, and environmental practices.

In summary we aim to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the world that will enable them to become informed, citizens who will strive to take an active role in shaping the New Zealand of the future.

Skills gained within Social Science:

  • Essay planning and construction;
  • Selection and analysis of evidence;
  • Identifying, describing, explaining and understanding different perspectives;
  • Resource analysis (understanding bias, reliability, purpose);
  • Annotation;
  • Interpretation and construction of maps (both digital and hard copy);
  • Interpretation and construction of graphs;
  • Statistical analysis;
  • Analysis of digital photos;
  • Critical thinking skills.