by AGHS

SOCIAL SCIENCES - Tikanga ā-iwi

The subjects we offer in the Social Sciences - Tikanga ā-iwi

YEAR 10 SOCIAL STUDIES - 10SST

Students will learn about people, places, cultures, histories and the economic world within and beyond New Zealand.

Through social inquiry, students will explore issues on a local, national and global scale. They will consider ways people make decisions and will be encouraged to participate in social action. Students will gain an

understanding of how the Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and places. 

Entry Requirements: Compulsory course

Contact: Mrs B Raymond

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YEAR 10 ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES - 10EBS

This course aims to introduce students to the link between consumers and business. The main focus is on managing money (earning an income, buying wisely, understanding the laws that protect us) and entrepreneurship (starting our own business and managing the financial side of things). Through playing the AGHS Money Game, students will have an appreciation of how to develop good financial literacy skills. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Contact: Ms R Cole 

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YEAR 10 FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES - 10 MES

Students will be introduced to the three strands of media studies: media in society (e.g. media representations, media industries, social media, digital citizenship, etc); reading media texts (e.g. understanding film, radio, magazine, and web based texts); and media productions (short film, music video, radio show, and TV studio show). Students will develop skills in a range of media technology software and specific media hardware. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Contact: Mr R Lay 

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LEVEL 1 (YEAR 11)

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ACCOUNTING AND ECONOMICS - AEC111

This course gives students a base to begin understanding and processing accounting information and will introduce them to basic economic concepts and models. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: 20 at Level 1 (includes 20 literacy credits)

Contact: Ms R Cole 

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GEOGRAPHY - GEO111

This course will appeal to those students interested in how people interact with the natural environment. Students will have the opportunity to study natural events and issues at a global, national and local scale while developing a range of geographic skills. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: A possible 21 credits (which includes 17 literacy and 8 numeracy credits)

Expenses: $75 field trip (contribution)

Contact: Mrs G Franklin

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HISTORY - HST111

Students taking this course will explore the theme of intolerance by looking at different examples including the formation of the Black Panther Party and Samoa's Black Saturday riots. There is an opportunity to study local history. There will be student choice. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: A possible 20 credits (which includes 20 literacy credits)

Contact: Mrs B Raymond 

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FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES - MES111

Students will explore the three key strands of media studies: media in society; reading media texts and media productions. Students will look at how individuals interact with the media; how media texts are constructed; the characteristics of a film genre; and the rules that govern the media in NZ. Students will also produce a short video production. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: Up to 23 credits (which include 3 credits in numeracy and 20 credits in literacy)

Contact: Mr R Lay 

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PASIFIKA STUDIES - PAS111

What does it mean to be Pasifika?

Indulge in the journey of learning as you voyage your way through the Pacific indigenous knowledge. You are able to gain your Literacy credits in the richness of fa'asinomaga (identity), hisitolia (history) and 'akono'anga (customs).

Pasifika Studies will be your navigator through many cultures, allowing you to weave the fine mats of the past, present and future. You will learn the traditions, culture, change and development of the Pacific. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: Up to 20 English and Pacific Studies credits

Contact: Mrs L Peseta 

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LEVEL 2 (YEAR 12)

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ACCOUNTING - ACC222

This course takes a broad approach, as students will learn both the theory and practice of accounting. Students will process financial information both manually and using computer software. Students will then learn how to analyse and interpret financial information. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: 20 at Level 2

Contact: Ms R Cole 

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ECONOMICS & BUSINESS STUDIES - EBS222

Students will learn the basic economic concepts (supply, demand and equilibrium) and use these concepts to explain major issues of importance to the whole economy including unemployment and economic growth. Business Studies include an investigation of workplace motivation and creating and running their own business. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: 21 at Level 2 (includes 8 writing credits towards UE literacy)

Contact: Ms R Cole 

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GEOGRAPHY - GEO222

This course will interest students who want to find out how processes shape the natural and cultural environment.

Students will have the opportunity to study water resources in Canterbury and global issues while developing a range of geographic skills. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Level 1 literacy

Credits: A possible 21 credits (which include 4 reading and 4 writing towards UE literacy)

Expenses: $75 field trip (contribution)

Contact: Mrs G Franklin 

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HISTORY - HST222

This is a Women’s History course that begins with the rise of first wave feminism in the late nineteenth century and examines issues still facing women in the present day. We will examine such questions as what led to the rise of feminism in the 1960s and 70s? How have women’s roles changed over time? We will also meet many amazing characters who fought for social justice and equality. There will be significant student choice. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Level 1 literacy.

Credits: A possible 19 credits (which include 19 reading and 5 writing credits towards UE literacy)

Contact: Ms L Hay

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FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES - MES222

Students will explore the three key strands of media studies: media in society, reading media texts and media productions. The course will focus on the relationship between media audiences and media products; the use and effects of narrative techniques in films; the development of a movie genre; and design, plan and produce a media product. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: Level 1 literacy

Credits: Up to 24 credits (which includes 7 for reading and 9 credits writing towards UE literacy)

Contact: Mr R Lay

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PASIFIKA STUDIES - PAS222

Students will advance their learning around identity and ethnicity. This class will build on the foundation provided by the PAS111. Students will learn the language, traditions and culture of the Pacific. The Pacific studies assessments in this class are unit standards. There is also some English subject learning offered in this class. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: Up to 20 credits (Literacy credits included)

Contact: Mrs L Peseta

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LEVEL 3 (YEAR 13)

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ACCOUNTING - ACC333

Students will prepare financial statements for partnerships, companies and manufacturing businesses. They will analyse the annual report of a publicly listed company and write

a report interpreting this information for an external user. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: 12 credits from ACC222

Credits: A possible 22 credits at Level 3 (which include 5 reading and 5 writing credits towards UE literacy)

Contact: Ms R Cole

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ANTHROPOLOGY - ANT333

Students who are interested in studying aspects of culture from Aotearoa and the Pacific will be able to engage in

this course. Students could study Māori and Pasifika motifs in art, the fairness of the New Zealand school system

and the key beliefs of religions such as Mormonism, Māori prophetic movements, Ratana and Christianity. It is envisioned that students taking this course will tap into their own experience and learn from members of their community.

This is an internally assessed course. 

Entry Requirements: Nil

Credits: 14 credits at Level 3 Art History, 4 credits Religious Studies, 4 credits Social Studies

Contact: Ms L Hay

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 BUSINESS STUDIES - BUS333

Students will set up and run, with consultation, a real business as well as develop a marketing plan for a product. This course runs in conjunction with the Young Enterprise Scheme which involves mentoring and competitions. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: UE literacy

Credits: A possible 20 credits

Contact: Ms R Cole

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CLASSICAL STUDIES - CLS333

Students who are curious about the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome will enjoy exploring the myths, literature and architecture of these societies. Film, text, models and e-learning will be used extensively in this subject to analyse and interpret information from antiquity. Leadership, heroism, relationships and the form and function of art and buildings will be examined. An individualised programme of

work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated

with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: UE literacy

Credits: A possible 20 credits

Contact: Ms L Failing

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ECONOMICS - ECS333

Students will study both microeconomic and macroeconomic theories; covering the operation of private competitive firms, government and the whole economy.

Students will further develop their graphing and research skills. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year.

Entry Requirements: UE literacy

Credits: A possible 20 credits at Level 3

Expenses: Wellington field trip approximately $320 (extra curricular trip)

Contact: Ms R Cole

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FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES - MES333

Students will explore the three key strands of media studies: media in society; reading media texts and media productions. Students will study an aspect of a media industry; undertake a film director study; examine music streaming services; explore the relationship between a media genre and society; design and produce a short media product of their choice. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: UE literacy.

Credits: Up to 24 credits

Contact: Mr R Lay

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GEOGRAPHY - GEO333

Students interested in this course will study the interaction between people and their environment and the opportunities, challenges and constraints that face people. The Franz Josef glacial environment and tourism development in Bali are key topics. An individualised programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: UE literacy

Credits: A possible 19 credits at Level 3

Expenses: $75 field trip (contribution)

Contact: Mrs G Franklin 

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HISTORY - HST333

How have Māori responded to the impacts of British colonization from the 1850s to the present day? This course will encompass forms of Māori resistance such as Kingitanga, Parihaka, Ngā Tamatoa and SOUL. We will look at historical events and groups connected to the broad theme of mana and whenua – power and land. Students will carry out research into their own areas of historical interest. An individualized programme of work and assessment is possible and can be negotiated with the teacher throughout the year. 

Entry Requirements: UE literacy.

Credits: A possible 20 credits

Contact: Ms L Hay