- Learning Area:
- Social Sciences / Media / Commerce
- 2021 - 2022
- NCEA Level 2
- Course Endorsement:
- Approx Cost:
- Field trip/s $150.00 (max).
- Technology Requirements:
- A laptop is essential for this course
- Entry Recommendations:
Students are expected to have:
- Level 1 Literacy (in Achievement Standards)
- discuss their suitability with the TIC Social Studies
- Course Outline:
Students will develop an understanding of the cultural beliefs that shape our world. They will be able to shape their own learning by choosing their areas of interest for research and social action assignments.
- Moving people - why are there more refugees now than ever before? What is life like for them?
- Culture clash – why do cultures clash with each other? What are the effects of this conflict? What could be done to resolve it? With case studies including race relations in the US, traveller communities in the UK, conflict in Rwanda and Black Lives Matter.
- Religion – looking at the world’s main religions, as well as studying the lifestyle of religious groups in New Zealand and overseas.
- Taking action – supporting people in our and other communities. What are their challenges and how can we help? Involves an optional media studies standard.
Social Studies Achievement Standards are offered, 3 internal and 1 external assessment.
- Where Does It Lead:
Year 13 Senior Social Studies, Media Studies, History, Geography or Classics. Courses and careers in areas that deal with the needs of people and society such as careers in health sciences, political, law, philosophy, education, social services, armed services, government agencies, media industry, business and international relations. Also great preparation for volunteering and travel.
- For further information see:
- Ms Meadowcroft
In Year 9 students start the first year of their two year junior programme. Year 9 consists of two semesters (half year-long) with a combination of compulsory courses and option courses chosen by the students.
In Year 9 students will take 12 semester (half-year) courses that include:
a) Compulsory Courses - 2 semesters of Health & PE, Mathematics, Science, and one Semester of English and Social Studies. (the reverse happens in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
b) Option Courses - Four semesters of option courses (note: students choose 5 option courses in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
Year 10 students study five compulsory courses (English, Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, Science and Social Sciences) and six semester (half year) options (see individual course details). You can choose to do one semester course from a subject area eg: Drama - Part 1 or take two semester courses from a subject area, which is equivalent to a whole year course eg: Drama Part - 1 and Drama - Part 2. Pathways for all course at all levels are summarised on the Course Planning Chart.
A few Year 10 semester two courses require you to complete semester one first, before doing semester two.
Students won't be gaining Level 1 NCEA in Year 11. There will be up to one internal NCEA assessment per semester course, giving students the opportunity to gain approximately 45 credits but not the 80 needed for Level 1 NCEA. Some assessments maybe at Level 2 NCEA. These internal assessments will expose students to the way different subject areas assess NCEA in preparation for Year 12 and the completion of Level 2 NCEA.
Year 12 students study six year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart). There are no compulsory courses, however, English and Mathematics are strongly recommended.
Students have the option of studying five courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their five courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
Year 13 students study five year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart) and have an Independent Study (IST). A sixth course can be selected in place of IST. Students have the option of studying four courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their four courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
For students that are intending to gain University Entrance it is strongly recommended that they select at least four University Entrance approved courses. Refer to individual course details to check if a course is a University Entrance approved subject
Year 13 (IST) is independent, unsupervised learning that can take place at school or at home. Students are responsible for managing their work during this time.