Social Sciences


CONNECTIONS

NCEA LEVEL 1

CON100


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: To have an interest in humans and the environment in which they live.

ASSESSMENT: Level 1 Achievement and Unit Standards

COURSE COST: $25

TOTAL CREDITS: Up to 22 Internal and 4 External credits


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Within a range of practical settings including a field trip, students will develop an understanding of environments and how they have been shaped by extreme natural events in New Zealand and overseas, understand population concepts and sustainable use of a resource in the world. From picnic races in the 1960s to relaxing at a café in the 2010s – this is called leisure. understand how individuals, groups, and institutions work to promote social justice and human rights. Students will examine and research contemporary issues at local and global levels.

CONNECTIONS

NCEA LEVEL 2

CON200


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: None
ASSESSMENT: Level 2 Achievement and Unit Standards

COURSE COST: $25

TOTAL CREDITS: 20 Internal, 4 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Within a range of practical settings, including field trips, students will develop an understanding of natural landscapes and human environments - in particular development issues between rich and poor countries. Students will examine and research contemporary issues at local and global levels and learn how societies work and how people can participate in their communities. Students will understand how communities and nations meet their responsibilities and exercise their rights in local, national, and global contexts. They will also understand how conflicts can arise from different cultural beliefs and ideas and be addressed in different ways with differing outcomes. They will identify and describe the interaction of various social structures, institutions, groups and individuals involved in the social process; identifying and explaining the reasons and/or functions for the process’s repetition or continuity, as well as the role of power.




CONNECTIONS

NCEA LEVEL 3

CON300


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: None
ASSESSMENT: Level 3 Achievement and Unit Standards

COURSE COST: $25
TOTAL CREDITS: 21 Internal, 4 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Within a range of practical settings, including two field trips, students will develop an understanding of natural processes in a beach environment (Kapiti Coast). Students will study current and global issues, conduct a critical social inquiry and evaluate a social structure. Students will investigate the structure of groups, organisations, and societies, and how people interact in these contexts. They will form a critical opinion, based on reason and evidence of a social structure in terms of its key aspects and of its influence on individuals and on societ
y. Indigenous Studies. (IDS) and Connections. (CON) are themes rather than stand-alone subjects. At least 14 credits from one approved subject will be available to gain UE under each theme. Indigenous Studies will include History and Connections will include Geography as the UE approved subjects.


INDIGENOUS STUDIES

NCEA LEVEL 1

IDS100


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Nil

ASSESSMENT: Level 1 Unit and Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: Nil

TOTAL CREDITS : 23 Internal, 4 External

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will learn about the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour and the impact this had on New Zealanders and the rest of the world, the development of New Zealand's identity through Activism during the 20th Century. A field trip to local historical features is included in the course costs.

Students will learn to understand Pacific culture and aspects of Pacific indigenous knowledge by carrying out an investigation of an aspect of Pacific indigenous knowledge that results in a collection of detailed information. Students will learn different perspectives from within the religious tradition of how and why the ethical principle(s) are applied to the issue. An issue may be one, or a combination of: social eg death penalty, personal eg individual moral decisions, environmental eg carbon emissions, or political eg “just war” theory and foreign aid.



INDIGENOUS STUDIES

NCEA LEVEL 2

IDS200


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Nil

ASSESSMENT: Level 2 Unit and Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: $40 field trips
TOTAL CREDITS: 21 Internal, 4 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course covers the study of protest both nationally and internationally in the 19 th and 20 th centuries. One major research assignment will also be completed which will be based on an aspect of local history. Field trips to local historical features are included in the course cost. Students will learn to interpret historical sources, research and communicate key historical ideas and understand other points of view. Students will learn about the ethical principles of the religious tradition and how they give rise to a contemporary social action. A social action may be: individual e.g. volunteering at a soup kitchen or reading to the elderly



INDIGENOUS STUDIES

NCEA LEVEL 3

IDS300


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Nil

ASSESSMENT: Level 3 Unit and Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: Course Books
TOTAL CREDITS: 22 Internal, 6 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course takes a thematic base exploring different global and New Zealand events. There is a heavy emphasis on developing analytical and critical thinking. Major research for the Internal Assessments is done independently by the student. Students will learn to interpret historical sources, understand other points of view and historical interpretations. This course prepares students for tertiary study by teaching them the skills required in research and critical analysis. The learner must draw a conclusion after investigating a hypothesis on an aspect of Pacific indigenous knowledge. Pacific island cultures include but are not limited to – Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands, Tokelauan, Niuean, Fijian, Tuvaluan. A contemporary ethical issue means a significant issue currently being debated in Aotearoa New Zealand about which there are a variety of viewpoints. The following are examples of a contemporary ethical issue: medical issues eg stem cell research and euthanasia, social issues eg youth issues, drugs and alcohol. Indigenous Studies. (IDS) and Connections. (CON) are themes rather than stand-alone subjects. At least 14 credits from one approved subject will be available to gain UE under each theme. Indigenous Studies will include History and Connections will include Geography as the UE approved subjects.


PYSCHOLOGY

NCEA LEVEL 2

PSY200


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Nil

ASSESSMENT: Level 2 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: Nil
TOTAL CREDITS: 21 Internal


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Psychology is the scientific study of human thought, emotions, and actions. It helps us to understand human behaviour and attempts to explain why we behave in the way that we do. At Level 2 the initial focus is to look at how behaviour can be explained using different approaches and how we can apply it to a specific behaviour, such as addiction or aggression. A range of Achievement Standard assessments will be offered, and these may change depending on student interest.