SOCIAL SCIENCE

The Social Science learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond New Zealand.

Classical Studies is the study of the people, places, and events of ancient Greece and Rome. Students explore the foundations of literature, art, history, and philosophy, in order to understand the past and the present, and to imagine possible futures.

History is about exploring the past, in order to understand the present, and shape the future. New Zealand history is seen within wider global contexts. Historians are skilled in research and source analysis that is fundamental for other subject areas.

Geography is the study of the relationship between people and their environments. Our environment is at a critical point in its history. Developing knowledge of humans and our impact on the natural world will allow you to prepare for the future.

Business Studies is about how individuals and groups of people organise, plan and act to create and develop goods and services to satisfy customers.

Psychology gives us a fascinating insight into the behaviour of others, providing an opportunity to view the human mind from a systematic and scientific perspective. We look at addictive behaviour, the nature of evil, clinical and health practices, ethics and experimentation and consider just how we, as humans, tick.

LEVEL 1, 2, 3

Pacific Studies

This is a cross curricular, multi-level course which is intended to encourage Pasifika students to learn more about their traditional culture and values. The course may also be of interest to any student wanting to further investigate the traditional culture and values of Pacific people.

In this course, students choose from a wide range of topics and they learn the research skills required to plan and carry out three investigations:

  • An aspect of Pacific indigenous knowledge 
  • An aspect of Pacific change and development 
  • An aspect of Pacific society 

Students will develop the skills required to Plan their own investigations (planning includes – topic, key questions, procedures for collection of information from a range of sources; journals, newspapers, surveys, interviews, articles, digital media, websites, etc), Research, Collect, Process and Evaluate information and prepare a Conclusion based on the Evidence collected during the investigation.

Students will also have the opportunity to communicate understanding of an aspect of Pacific culture through a planned presentation that may be related in some way to their investigative work. Students may choose to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their chosen aspect through any of the following modes: dance, poetry, song, story, drama, arts, crafts, speech, PowerPoint presentation, poster, seminar, 3D model, meal, demonstration, rap, photographs.

Students are able to work at the level they feel more comfortable or able. It is expected that the evidence presented will show greater complexity in knowledge and with increased autonomy throughout the levels. Students will be more confident, focussed, and independent learners by the time they are working at Level 3.

Entry Requirements: The ability to work independently and a passion to learn more about Pacific culture
Leads to: NCEA credits for Pacific Studies are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Pacific Studies is available as a course of study at tertiary level.
Teacher in Charge: Mr C Atkinson

Business Studies

This course allows students the chance to explore the business world. Their own ideas will form part of the work they will study.

  • Develop the skills to make financial decisions
  • Learn how businesses market their products
  • Investigate human resource processes
  • Develop an understanding of economic theory
  • Understand the function and influences on small businesses

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 Business Studies, Young Enterprise Scheme
Teacher in Charge: Mr S Gardner

The Great Outdoors

This course will take ONE line in your timetable. This is an opportunity to achieve Physical Education credits through Geography and will involve outdoor trips/excursions. You will be looking at safety and risk management and responsible behaviours in the outdoors, how society influences these, leadership and interpersonal skills, sustainability of the natural environment, how it is formed and how it impacts humans.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 Geography, Level 2 Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation
Teachers in Charge: Mrs K Geary, Mr R Orr

Geography

Geography is the fascinating study of the relationship between people and their environments. Those who study Geography are better prepared to understand topics impacting our planet today. 

We need geographic knowledge to better understand how humans have interacted with their environment over time; how geography has impacted settlement and population; and how geographic factors influence climate, culture, the economy, and world events. A geographic perspective enables us to analyse the past and present and to understand how to prepare for an environmentally uncertain future. If you are fascinated by the natural environment and have a genuine interest in the world around you, Geography is the subject for you. 

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 Geography. Geography is a universal qualification.
Teacher in Charge: Mr R Orr

History

History helps students to develop their understanding about the world we live in today, by engaging with the people, places and events of the past. Students will learn about New Zealand and world history, in order to develop an understanding of the diverse society that we live in. 

At Level 1, students gain an introduction to historical skills and thinking. We will explore the struggle for social justice and equality for African Americans by the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. We will also develop our understanding of social and political movements, through learning about Germany in World War II. We will investigate the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and the impact that this had on German society.

Students will also choose an aspect of New Zealand history to research. Through this process they will develop skills in research and evaluating sources, which are essential in many subject areas.

Through studying history, students gain skills that are useful throughout life. These include research techniques, understanding varied sources of information as well as how to articulate their ideas and make them clear to others. They learn how to ask and answer questions, evaluate evidence, and understand different perspectives.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 2 History/Classics. History is a universal qualification.
Teacher in Charge: Miss S Clifton

Design for Business

This course will take TWO lines in your timetable. Design for Business combines the Business Studies and the Young Enterprise Scheme with the technological application of product design and development skills. Students will build their business development skills as well as their design and making skills in technology contexts such as product analysis, design, development and manufacturing. Developed products will be marketed and sold as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme competition. Students will gain NCEA Level 2 credits in Business and Technology (DVC & Technology).

Specific skills gained in Design for Business

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and product surveys
  • The product design and development process
  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Building your own brand and products
  • Written research and report writing
  • Planning
  • Multi-unit production
  • STEM skills in Design, Product Testing and Evaluation

Cost and Materials: Students will need start up capital for their business venture
Entry Requirements:
No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 3 Business and Technology courses
Teachers in Charge: Ms J Garbutt, Mr S Gardner

Geography

Geography is a course for those who wish to understand the complex world that we live in. Students will learn about the relationships and connections between people and their natural and cultural environments. Geography teaches you how to interpret a variety of information and data. There is a focus on both local and global issues, which develops research and observation skills and gives students the ability to take action and solve problems. Geography focuses on learning inside and outside the classroom and there is no better way to learn about the world you live in by going and exploring it!

Cost and Materials: Possible overnight field trip $150
Entry Requirements: Level 1 Geography or Literacy rich subjects at level 1 or HOD permission
Leads to: Level 3 Geography and tertiary study
Teacher in Charge: Mr R Orr

History of the Modern and Classical World

This Level 2 course will help students to develop their understanding of the history of our world, by combining both classical and modern history. It provides an introduction to Classical Studies for students interested in ancient history. We will explore the stories of the gods, myths and legends of Ancient Greece, and the history of Athens in what is known as the Golden Age of Ancient Greece. In the second half of the year we will move into studying modern history, by exploring the Vietnam War. Students will gain an understanding of why the Vietnam War occurred and its significance to New Zealand and the international community. We will explore the road to independence for Vietnam, how this conflict led to an awakening of the protest movement in New Zealand and the impact of the war on both veterans and civilians. 

Students will learn historical skills such as how to accurately interpret sources, assessing sources for reliability, developing judgments and structured arguments in their written work.

This course is highly relevant for any student wishing to continue to History or Classical Studies at Level 3.

  • Introduction to Ancient Greece     
  • Myths and legends of Ancient Greece                                       
  • The History of the Persian Wars
  • Vietnamese Nationalism
  • US involvement in Vietnam
  • NZ and the Vietnam War

Entry Requirements: At least 12 credits at Level 1 History and/or English or in an approved Level 1 Course
Leads to: Level 3 History, Level 3 Classical Studies. History and Classical Studies is useful for careers in… media and television, historical research, journalism, teaching, public relations, government and social work, law, museums, art curation, human resources, foreign affairs, libraries, archives and records management, and more...
Teacher in Charge: Miss K Watts

Psychology: What Influences our Behaviour?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind: how it works, and how it might affect behaviour. Through the lens of Psychology you will better understand the factors that influence your own and others’ behaviour in different situations.

This year you will study:

  • The underlying theories of Psychology – Biological, behavioural and cognitive approaches
  • Media Psychology – Celebrity and addiction
  • Abnormality/normality – What causes evil?
  • Clinical and Health Psychology – A study of stress

Entry Requirements: Level 1 Literacy/Numeracy-rich subject an advantage
Leads to: Tertiary study, Social Worker, Counsellor, Police, Teacher, Life Coach, Market Researcher, Mediator, Policy Advisor, Law, Psychotherapist, Psychology
Teacher in Charge: Miss S Clifton

English and Psychology

What are the fundamental tenants of human nature? How does human character and motivation underpin our human behaviour? Indeed how do motives, emotions, thoughts, and the self, work together to create a personality that can be witnessed in literature and understood in the psychology of personality. Teaching literature from a psychological perspective allows for an analysis that is multi layered, deepening students' understanding of the construction of character, the creative process, the psychological analysis of text and reader relationships with your audience. Enabling students to understand the world of the chief protagonist entirely. This is a ONE LINE course.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 3 English/Psychology courses
Teacher in Charge: Mrs C Kelsey

Business Psychology

Business Psychology is an applied science that investigates how to make people and organisations more effective. It uses social scientific research methods to study people, workplaces and organisations in order to better align their multiple and sometimes competing needs, from negotiation, to sales, to product design. Psychology is critical to the workplace. It helps managers at all levels of organizations select, support, motivate and train employees. It also helps businesses design products, build better workspaces and foster healthy behaviour. Through their scientific research, psychologists are discovering new ways to increase productivity, identify training and development needs, and implement policies proven to attract and retain the best employees. By studying how people interact with technology and equipment, psychologists can help make these tools more user-friendly and prevent errors, whether we are using everyday products or life-critical technologies.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements 
Leads to: Further study, business related field, workplace
Teachers in Charge: Mr S Gardner, Miss S Clifton

UE Approved

English and Psychology - The Psychology of Character

What are the fundamental tenets of human nature? How does human character and motivation underpin our human behaviour? Indeed how do motives, emotions, thoughts, and the self, work together to create a personality that can be witnessed in literature and understood in the psychology of personality. Teaching literature from a psychological perspective allows for an analysis that is multi-layered, deepening students' understanding of the construction of character, the creative process, the psychological analysis of text and reader relationships with your audience enabling students to understand the world of the chief protagonist entirely.

Entry Requirements: 
Leads to: English and Psychology are universal qualifications accepted for any career pathway
Teachers in Charge: Mrs M Jarden, Miss S Clifton

UE Approved

Geography

Geography is a course for those who wish to understand the complex world that we live in. Students will learn about the relationships and connections between people and their natural and cultural environments. Geography teaches you how to interpret a variety of information and data. There is a focus on both local and global issues, which develops research and observation skills and gives students the ability to take action and solve problems. Geography focuses on learning inside and outside the classroom and there is no better way to learn about the world you live in by going and exploring it!

Cost and Materials: $225 approximately for multi-day field trip (optional)
Entry Requirements:
Level 2 Geography or Literacy/Numeracy-rich subjects at Level 2
Leads to: Universal qualification that leads to all tertiary study
Teacher in Charge: Mr R Orr

UE Approved

Classical Studies

Classics is the fascinating study of ancient Roman society. Through this multidisciplinary subject, you will be introduced to the high points of Western civilization and examine some of the greatest works of art and architecture that the world has ever seen, and learn about the foundations of modern literature. 

Throughout the year, you will study Ancient History, Art History, Philosophy and Literature. The course investigates the lifestyle, mythology, art, architecture, philosophy, religion, science, literature, politics and drama of Roman society.

You will encounter some of the great characters of antiquity, such as Homer, Virgil, Cicero, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Cleopatra, the good and the bad Emperors – people who shaped the course of Western Civilisation.

As we navigate our way through the year, you will also learn about the mythological foundations of Rome, gladiatorial conquest and Egyptology.

As you walk in the steps of countless generations who studied ancient societies before you, you will learn to navigate the future more confidently by reflecting on the past.

Entry Requirements: Satisfactory completion of Year 12 English and/or History and/or Classical Studies
Leads to: University Arts degree
Teacher in Charge: Miss S Clifton

UE Approved

History of New Zealand and the World

This Level 3 course focuses on further developing skills and understanding from previous years. The focus at Level 3 is on understanding the complex nature of causes and effects, and differing perspectives of historical events. This course covers a combination of New Zealand and World History. Students will develop their understanding of the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and the New Zealand Wars, Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa, in the 19th century, with a focus on the Northern War that occurred between Ngāpuhi and the Crown in the Bay of Islands from 1845-1846. Students will explore the factors that led to these wars, as well as the ongoing consequences for people. Students will then study the global trend of anti-semitism, from its origins around the 2nd century AD, through to the impacts that it had on the lives of people during the Holocaust in World War II. During this course, students will also develop their own research skills, by conducting independent research into a significant event, and presenting their findings. 

Students will learn historical skills such as how to accurately interpret sources, assess sources for reliability, understand historical perspectives, and develop judgments and structured arguments in their written work.

  • New Zealand’s Northern War
  • Anti-semitism throughout history
  • Two internally assessed standards

Cost and Materials: $9 Student Resources
Entry Requirements: At least 12 credits in Level 2 History and/or English, or in an approved Level 2Course
Leads to: Tertiary study. History and Classical Studies is useful for careers in… media and television, historical research, journalism, teaching, public relations, government and social work, law, museums, art curation, human resources, foreign affairs, libraries, archives and records management, and more...
Teacher in Charge: Miss K Watts

UE Approved

Criminal and Forensic Psychology

Criminal/forensic psychology is the fascinating study of everything that is related to criminal behaviour. 

Quite simply we will ask the question: Why do people commit crime? Psychology tries to understand and examine the process, intention, motivations and the reactions of the criminal, and society’s reaction to them.

This year you will study:

  • Aggression and anti-social behaviour
  • Prison system and institutionalisation
  • Criminal profiling

Entry Requirements: Level 2 Psychology, English-rich subject, Statistics at Level 2 an advantage
Leads to: Tertiary study, Social Worker, Counsellor, Police, Teacher, Life Coach, Market Researcher, Mediator, Policy Advisor, Law, Psychotherapist, Psychology
Teacher in Charge: Miss S Clifton

UE Approved

Cartographer, Surveyor, Environmental Consultant, Geographical Information Systems Officer, International Aid/Development Worker, Landscape Architect, Market Researcher, Transport Planner, Heritage Manager, Conservation Officer, Museum Education, Museum/Gallery Curator, Historian, Author, Academic Librarian, Archaeologist, Archivist, Broadcast Journalist, Politician’s Assistant, Curator, Policy Analyst, Librarian, Social Researcher, Historian, Human Resource Advisor, Secondary School Teacher, Banking, Business, Consultancy, Economic and Financial Areas, Entrepreneurship, Industry, Insurance, The Legal System, Management, Marketing, Property, Share-broking, Tourism Operators, Travel Agencies, Airlines, Airport, Ferries and Cruise Ships, Hotels, Resorts, Flight Attendants (Cabin Crew), Tour Guides, Conferencing and Events, Marine Biology, Voyaging, Tourism, Science, Superyacht crew, Cruise ships, Skipper, Fishing, Conservation, Waterways, Environmental work, Health and Safety, Outdoor Education Instructor, Documentation of stories, Cultural work