Social Sciences Department He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata! What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, people, people!
Social scientists understand the world as the home of people. The Social Sciences Department offers courses from Year 9 to Year 13. From the core subject of Social Studies in Years 9 and 10, Social Scientists can branch out to study either History, Geography or Economics in Years 11 to 13. In past years the Department has also offered Classics but at present a student wishing to take this would be doing so by distance learning.
Other learning in Social Sciences The Department offers students many opportunities beyond the classroom. Each year senior students will participate in field trips. This will improve their data gathering skills, thinking skills and also help them to learn group work. Students interested in the political world may elect to attend a regional or national Model United Nations. Some of our students have had great successes at these M.U.N.s. One of our past students was selected to attend the Model United Nations in the Netherlands, in the Hague. Internal project work involves research and often students can follow their own interests within the prescribed topic to complete these.
The Department has run an international curriculum trip (History) and future trips similar to this “first” in 2012 are being discussed. The Department supports and complements the Tikanga Maori Department, encouraging students in cultural understanding.