Year 9 Social Studies

9SST
Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Students explore the unique bicultural nature of New Zealand society that derives from the Treaty of Waitangi. They learn about people, places, cultures, histories, and the economic world, within and beyond New Zealand. They develop understandings about how societies are organised and function and how the ways in which people and communities respond are shaped by different perspectives, values, and viewpoints. As they explore how others see themselves, students clarify their own identities in relation to their particular heritages and contexts.

“He hokinga mahara he kawenga Mātauranga mo āpōpō.”   

As we reflect on the past we carry today the knowledge of tomorrow.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

Develop these skills:Explore this content:
  • Formal Writing - Students will learn to write formally in paragraphs and essay format. 
  • Aotearoa Histories - in Year 9 students explore life in Aotearoa prior to colonisation.  This  links to year 10 where the bi-cultual partnership is explored as derived from  Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Research - Focus on planning, collecting and evaluating quality sources of information. 
  • Systems of government - Students explore how government in New Zealand operates, affects people’s lives, and how this compares with another system.
  • Decision Making - Identifying  and exploring social issues, evaluating and justifying decisions on these issues.
  • Culture and Identity - Students learn about society and communities and how they function. They also learn about the diverse cultures and identities of people within those communities.
  • Social Studies Skills  - Interpreting various forms of information, developing geographical knowledge  and applying a range of practical skills across multiple contexts.
  • Resource management - Students develop an understanding about how people’s management of resources impacts our environment.


Year Levels/Departments:

Social Studies



Resources Required

1B8 exercise book
Glue sticks, pens, pencils