Year 9 Social Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs Brown

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry

Social studies is important to the whole community. It emphasises the skills and processes involved in social participation, which, along with the prescribed settings and perspectives, will help students to become informed, confident, and effective citizens. Students will be challenged to think clearly and critically about human behaviour and to explore different values and viewpoints. An emphasis is placed on learning about New Zealand society and the countries and regions that have significance for New Zealand. 

Identity, Culture, and Organisation – Students learn about society and communities and how they function. They also learn about the diverse cultures and identities of people within those communities and about the effects of these on the participation of groups and individuals.

Place and Environment – Students learn about how people perceive, represent, interpret, and interact with places and environments. They come to understand the relationships that exist between people and the environment.

Continuity and Change – Students learn about past events, experiences, and actions and the changing ways in which these have been interpreted over time. This helps them to understand the past and the present and to imagine possible futures.

The Economic World – Students learn about the ways in which people participate in economic activities and about the consumption, production, and distribution of goods and services. They develop an understanding of their role in the economy and of how economic decisions affect individuals and communities.

Course Overview

Semester 1
Culture and Diversity
Citizenship, Power & Governance

Semester 2
People, place, environment
Individual, Societies & Economic Decisions


Year 10 Social Studies

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Chromebook/Laptop (highly recommended)
Colouring Pencils

Pathway Tags

Archivist, Police Officer, Historian, Barrister, Urban/Regional Planner, Elected Government Representative, Emergency Management Officer, Communications Professional, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Judge, Economist, Health Promoter, Librarian, Library Assistant, Market Research Analyst, Survey Interviewer, Policy Analyst, Probation Officer, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Social Worker, Court Registry Officer, Marketing Specialist, Psychotherapist, Support Worker


Any information, costs or standards may change.