Year 11 Social Studies - "The Times They Are A-Changin"

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: G. Williams

Times change and culture shifts as people make changes to their expectations, behaviours and values. 

This course will explore how and why culture adapts, changes and shifts and how this has an impact on people.

Real life contexts, current events, different perspectives and values and how people participate will be explored. 

Sometimes these shifts take only a few months, or years or decades – just think about what socially acceptable behaviour of men and women meant twenty years ago compared to today.

Culture is shaped by people, but also shapes people.

Culture is a reflection of human reaction to tensions and developments in the world.

Contexts can be co-constructed by staff and students, so are open to students interests and flexible for current events/ issues.

Possible contexts:

  • Pasifika in NZ: from over-stayer to Kiwi hero 
  • Women's role in NZ society: more than wives and mothers
  • Guns in the United States: from second amendment rights to high school shootings
  • The evolution of sport over time: closing the gender pay gap and the inclusion of trans-gender athletes
  • Changes in the NZ family
  • Current events and issues as they arise, for example environmental racism 

This course is designed to focus on the following 6 areas of deep learning; Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Citizenship, Character.

If you have any further questions on this course please see Mrs WIlliams Rm 43 or Miss Frew Rm 26

Title Credit "The Times They Are A-Changin" Bob Dylan


Year 12 Classical Studies - Heroes, Hitched and Disasters (This course is now full and no longer available in 2021), Year 12 Geography, Year 12 History: Crisis and Controversy (This course is now full and no longer available in 2021), Year 12 Media Studies, Year 12 Social Studies, Year 12 Tourism

Contributions and Equipment

Own device/ laptop is desirable.
1B8 or Exercise book,
Pens, pencils, colouring pencils, ruler, glue stick

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry

Pathway Tags

Lawyer, Curator, Journalist, Planner, District council, Nurse, Doctor, Historian, Environmental Officer, Primary Industries, Teacher, Politician, Researcher, Policy maker, Flight attendant, Administration, Environment, Public Relations Manager, Trades, Armed Forces, Broadcaster, Reporter, Librarian, Communications, Public Health, Social Worker, Retail Personal, Author