In a general sense, social science is the study of society and how people behave, interact, and influence each other inside a community. Students studying social sciences 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 heritages and contexts.
Social Science is taught at years 9 and year 10 and then at Level 1 the students have the option of History and Geography. At Level 2 and Level 3 they are offered History and Tourism.