NCEA Level 1 Social Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. HUTCHINSON

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry (very high literacy component)

This course comprises of:


Create a plan for a documentary on a controversial subject. Stage interviews with important people in New Zealand. Spend two days in a film studio in Wellington filming and editing your final product. (9 credits across two standards)


Do something life changing from someone else. Help the class to fund eye operations for people around the world who cannot see. Let them see their whānau for the first time. Help them have a better life. (4 credits)


Is there a world issue that you have always wanted to know more about? Gather info and interview experts to create a piece of research on a question you have wanted to know the answer to. (4 credits)


This could be within the field of Social Studies, Journalism, Media Studies or Environmental studies and would be worth 3-4 credits)

Course Overview

Term 1
Create a Film. This will require students to plan and record a documentary film about a major issue in society. This will involve the use of costumes, green screens, video editing software, auto cues, special effects generators and more. Students are not required to be on camera if they choose not to be. Students will have access to experts from the television industry, guest speakers and we will spend two days in Wellington where we will have complete use of a fully equipped TV studio.

Term 2
Human Rights Inquiry. The students will investigate how a particular group of people have had their ability to live their lives freely interfered with by others.

Term 3
Term Three will require the students to perform a social action that helps a community in some way. This year they will be assisting the Fred Hollows Foundation to provide operations to people living with preventable blindness.

Term 4
Create a human rights blog that aims to inform people about an issue that you care about, and hopefully leads to some change.


Social Science


NCEA Level 2 Social Studies

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Course Contribution: $150 (may be subsidised by the Social Studies Department up to $100)


Standards shown on courses are only an indication and not all may be offered at the time of study.