Social Sciences Curriculum Te Aroha College
"Inquiry and learning in the Social Sciences at Te Aroha College is informed by the approached originating from History, Geography, Economics, Sociology, Classical Studies and Tourism studies."
The Social Sciences 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 place within and beyond New Zealand.
Students explore the unique Bicultural of New Zealand society that is derived from the Treaty of Waitangi. Students at Te Aroha College learn about people, places, cultures, histories and the economic world within and beyond New Zealand. Students gain this appreciation through the two years they study Social Sciences. Year 9 students have contexts taken from within NZ, Asia, Central & South America and Antarctica. Year 10 students have contexts taken from NZ and the Pacific region, Europe, North America and Africa.
At Senior level the Social Sciences continues through the disciplines of Geography, History, Senior Social Sciences and Tourism.
Quote: So many of the world's current issues at a global scale and locally - boil down to the Social Sciences, and need the social scientists of the future to help us understand them. Global warming as it affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from over-use and misuse, the spread of disease, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change on places and communities. These are just some of the challenges facing the next generation, which social scientists must help solve. (Michael Palin)