Year 10 Social Studies

Course Description

Year 10 Social Studies

Unuhia te rito o te harakeke kei whea te kōmako e kō? Whakatairangitia – rere ki uta, rere ki tai; Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao, Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

The Social Sciences learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond New Zealand.  

There may be an opportunity to sit a level one research standard during the course of the year.

Year 10 Social Studies focuses on level 5 achievement objectives of the NZ curriculum.  These means that students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how systems of government in New Zealand operate and affect people’s lives, and how they compare with another system.
  • Understand how the Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and places.
  • Understand how cultural interaction impacts on cultures and societies.
  • Understand that people move between places and how this has consequences for the people and the places.
  • Understand how economic decisions impact on people, communities, and nations.
  • Understand how people’s management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability.
  • Understand how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives.
  • Understand how people seek and have sought economic growth through business, enterprise, and innovation.
  • Understand how people define and seek human rights.

Students will need a large lined activities book (the size of a scrap book), pens, pencils, rubber and ruler.  Coloured pencils, scissors and glue would also be beneficial.


Learning based on the level 1–5 Social Studies achievement objectives establishes a foundation for the separate Social Science disciplines, which includes History, Geography, Economics, Business Studies and Classical Studies.

Credit Information

You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.

Total Credits Available: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90853 v2
English 1.9 - Use information literacy skills to form conclusion(s)
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 4
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0