Level 3 Social Studies with Media Studies*

3SST
Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

In L3 Social Studies students will critically examine social and political issues in New Zealand and America. This internal course challenges students to think critically about society, the people in power and will help them to become informed citizens. Learning can be decided with the teacher as the year progresses and as social issues arise.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

Develop these skills:Explore this content:
  • Critical Thinking Skills - to think critically about the people who are in positions of power and implications of this. How these people are represented in the media. Racism in societies, both nationally and overseas. 
  • Donald Trump’s presidency - the social and political issues that arose during this time in the White House. How he came to power and the ongoing social problems. 

  • Collaboration - Students will be encouraged to work in groups and contribute to class discussions. Be mindful and respectful of all opinions.
  • Black Lives Matter - The causes, the actions and the consequences of this social action on society from America to Aotearoa. How racism has been ingrained in society and how this issue can be addressed.

  • Communication Skills - to share your thoughts and listen to others.  To continue to develop both your written and verbal communication skills.
  • Aotearoa in the media - How Kiwi’s choose to represent ourselves in the media and the consequences of this. 


  • Additional context can be decided by students and the teacher. 


Year Levels/Departments:

Seniors, Social Studies



Resources Required

1B8 exercise book, gluesticks, pens