Whanganui Girls' College

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Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies is a compulsory component of our Year 9 and 10 syllabus. The subject involvess the systematic study of an integrated body of content drawn from the social sciences and the humanities. It enables students to develop their knowledge and understandings of the diverse and dynamic nature of society and how interactions occur among cultures, societies and environments.

Achievement objectives have been developed in each of the five social studies strands:
Social organisation
Culture and heritage
Place and environment
Time, continuity and change
Resources and economic activities
Social Studies in Year 9

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

Understand how the ways in which leadership of groups is acquired and exercised have consequences for communities and societies.
Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and that this has consequences for people.
Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments.
Understand that events have causes and effects.
Understand how producers and consumers exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities.
Understand how formal and informal groups make decisions that impact on communities.
Understand how people participate individually and collectively in response to community challenges.

Social Studies Year 9 has a series of modules taught from the following list:

Our Heritage
Rise to a Challenge
Killer Disease
Are You Being Ripped Off?
Social Studies in Year 10

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how:

Systems of government in New Zealand operate and affect people’s lives, and how they compare with another system
The Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and places
Cultural interaction impacts on cultures and societies
People move between places and how this has consequences for the people and the places
Economic decisions impact on people, communities, and nations
People’s management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability
The ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives
People seek and have sought economic growth through business, enterprise, and innovation
People define and seek human rights
Social Studies Year 10 has a series of modules taught from the following list:

Cry Freedom!
The Treaty
Out West