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Social Sciences
Teikanga ā iwi

Social Studies

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.

Classical Studies

Classical studies is a multidisciplinary learning area in which students learn about the literature, art, history, and philosophy of the classical world.


Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth's surface and the human societies spread across it.


History students develop their critical analysis and written communication skills to interpret historical events, trends and documents. They gain knowledge of specific historical periods and apply common themes and outcomes with past and present social, political and environmental issues.

Travel and Tourism

Travel and tourism graduates gain knowledge about products, structures and operations within the tourism industry, learning about tour operators, airlines, hotels and tourist boards.



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