Tauhara College

Social Sciences


Covering a broad spectrum of individual disciplines, the Social Sciences address important global and societal issues, giving students both knowledge and understanding of the world around them as well as the skills to adapt and cope with change.

We encourage students to think about how societies work, so that they can better understand, participate in and contribute positively to the communities they are a part of.  Particularly through inquiry learning, students are encouraged to engage critically with societal issues, evaluating the sustainability of alternative social, economic, political or environmental practice.

Emphasis is given to developing learners ability to self-reflect and plan for learning. In an ever changing world our learners need to be able to understand what they are learning and make decisions about how they best do this.

Junior social studies will be delivered in four optional courses called Globalisation, Citizenship, Enterprise and Sustainability. Learners in years 9 and 10 can choose to focus on the course or range of courses they have particular interests in.  

The Social Sciences have their foundation in the traditional subjects of social studies, history, media studies, tourism, business and geography, but can also include accounting, economics, classical studies, and legal studies. Critical to learners success in the future are competencies and dispositions that lead to self-reflective, critical thinkers with an ability to manage themselves and evaluate their own and others learning.

Subjects and Levels Taught 


Years 9-10


Years 9-10


Years 9-10


Years 9-10


Years 11-13


Years 11-13


Years 11-13

Tourism Studies

Years 12-13

Media Studies

Years 11-13


Faculty Staff

Mr Scott Sargison

Head of Faculty.

Mrs Bridget Kemp

Social Studies, History and Geography.

Mrs Kylie Sargison

Social Studies and Business.

Mrs Susan Whitworth

Teacher in Charge of Geography and Tourism Studies.

Ms Rebecca Harvey

Media Studies.


Career Pathways

Learned understandings developed through the social inquiry process provide skills and attributes desired in a range of employment sectors.  These range from jobs in hospitality, retail and the primary sector are examples.

With increasing competence through NCEA assessment at Years 11-13 the career options broaden. Social sciences graduates are highly valued by employers. Countless surveys have shown that most employers value written and oral communication, problem solving and critical thinking over technical expertise. The fact that skills gained by social science students can be applied to all facets of life makes for extremely rewarding careers. Graduates can be educators, policy makers, international development professionals and journalists, all over the span of a couple of decades.

Special Activities

The social sciences are a practical life skills subject area with many opportunities to relate to the real world through a variety of field trips. Becoming actively involved with the wider community is a key focus for learners. In both the junior school and senior school individual trips that are relevant to the specific learning experience will be available and negotiated.