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Social Sciences

Miss Mika (HOD)
Mrs M Vosloo
Mr M Emery


Social Studies
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Social Studies is compulsory at Years 9 and 10. Students develop a range of skills and understanding around a variety of topics, including;
  • Crises,
  • Pacific and Early Māori,
  • Tauiwi,
  • The Sixties,
  • World of Work and Careers,
  • Conservation,
  • The Treaty of Waitangi,
Classical Studies
Classical Studies is available at Year 13. It is a university approved subject. Students develop a range of skills and understanding around a variety of topics, including;
  • Roman Art and Architecture,
  • Alexander the Great, Socrates and Augustus,
  • Comparing ancient classical societies with one or two modern societies.
Geography
Geography is available from Year 11-13. It is a university approved subject. Students develop a range of skills, including;
  • Thinking - the ability to gather, understand, process and present information, 
  • Practical - mapping and graph skills, fieldwork and research, 
  • Social - listening and reporting to others, 
  • Valuing - awareness of different view points in geographic issues.
History
History is available from Year 11-13. It is a university approved subject. Students develop a range of skills, including;
  • Carrying out historical investigations,
  • Interpreting sources,
  • Interpreting different perspectives,
  • Examining causes and consequences of events,
  • Examining the effects of historical events.
Travel and Tourism
 Travel and Tourism is available from Year 12-13. Depending on the course taken, students develop a range of skills, including;
  • Understanding tourist characteristics and needs,
  • Identifying work roles in Tourism,
  • Understanding world tourist destinations,
  • Understanding Destination New Zealand,
  • The business of Tourism,
  • Understanding the history of Tourism

Learning in Year 10 Social Studies.

Year 10 students at Tararua College learn a range of topics, one of which is changes in the 1960's. New technology changed many aspects of private and public life, for example, DC8's - increasing travel and tourism, the mini (car), the freezer and the vacuum. The hair dryer was not a new invention, but they looked very different to the smaller hand held versions most people have in their homes today. Richard Mellish-Pearce and Emma Lester posed for a quick pic, under a 1960's hairdryer. The students spent a good portion of the period looking at this device.