Year 11 Social Studies

Course Description

In Social Studies, students explore current social issues and are encouraged to actively critique the world around them. This course focuses on people, rights, responsibilities and consequences of different interactions; it aims to develop students’ ability to think critically and write critically and to forge a well-informed, knowledge based perspective.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

Develop these skills:Explore this content:
  • Communication - communicating individual ideas and opinions relevant to differing contexts
  • Human Rights - What are these and what impacts access to human rights? What cases of human rights abuses have been seen around the world?
  • Information use - disseminating between fact and opinion, by using multiple sources of information
  • Period Poverty - How are women affected by inadequate access to sanitary products internationally and in Aotearoa?
  • Critical thinking - evaluating the connections between evidence and ideas, identifying patterns and constructing knowledge
  • Refugees - What is a refugee? How do refugee crises impact countries, governments and refugees themselves? 
  • Creativity - exploring different solutions to the issues faced by individuals and groups in society.
  • Pasifika in Aotearoa - What were the Dawn Raids and how were Pasifika deliberately targeted by the Dawn Raids policy? 

  • Cults - What is a cult? How are these groups created and why do people join them? As social creatures, how do different cults help us understand what it means, and what must be sacrificed to 'belong' to a group?

  • Death Penalty- what role does the death penalty have in modern society? Why do some countries still have capital punishment? Is it ethical?

Resources Required

1B5 or 1B8 exercise book, pens