Year 9 CORE - Social Sciences

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Struthers

Social Sciences

Learning in the Social Sciences helps students to thrive in the diverse communities and environments of Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. Learning in the Social Sciences develops skills in conceptual thinking, research, exploring perspectives and critical and creative thinking to take social action.  Ä€konga will draw on understandings of the past, to make sense of the present and inform future decisions and actions.

There is wide scope in the Social Sciences to learn in a range of contexts that suit students and allow them to bring their own diverse experiences and understandings of the world into the classroom.

Course Overview

Term 1
TÅ«rangawaewae - Culture and Identity

Students will develop understanding of cultural identity and how this shapes both personal and national identity.

Term 2
Migration Matters

The movement of people has significant and long-lasting impacts on people, places and communities. There are a number of diverse examples of how migration has effected New Zealand and the world.

Term 3
Society Then and Now

Students will build an understanding of how histories shape society and how decisions and actions of the past have led to what we see today.

Term 4
Earth Rights

The use of our local area has changed over time and this has resulted in both challenges and opportunities for the people and environment.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Computer, A4 exercise book, scissors, ruler, pens, pencils, glue stick


Social Studies leads to Social Science subjects in the senior school. Senior Social Science subjects are: Classics, Geography, History, Legal Studies, Psychology, Tourism. Skills developed in the Social Sciences are transferrable and applicable across many other subjects.