Social Studies NCEA Level 3



Social Studies is an ‘approved subject’ for University Entrance. Standards marked (R) may be counted towards the Reading credits for Literacy. Standards marked (R/W) may be counted towards either (but not both) Reading or Writing credits for Literacy.


NCEA: 14 Credits in each of 3 x Level 2 Achievement Standard subjects Or CAIE: C Grades in 3 x AS subjects

Course Description:

Senior social studies is about how societies work and how people can participate in their communities as informed, critical, and responsible citizens. Students debate, discuss and examine the causes and effects of social issues that relate to identity, gender, race and culture, and learn to take actions that may bring about social improvement and policy changes. The aim of the course is to allow students to better understand, engage in and contribute to the diverse society we live in.

Achievement Standards:

391596(R/W)Social Studies 3.1 - Demonstrate understanding of ideological responses to an issue4ExternalCompulsory
391598(R/W)Social Studies 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of how ideologies shape society4ExternalCompulsory
391597(R)Social Studies 3.2 - Conduct a critical social inquiry6InternalCompulsory
391599(R)Social Studies 3.4 - Examine personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s)6InternalCompulsory
391600(R)Social Studies 3.5 - Examine a campaign of social action(s) to influence policy change(s)4InternalCompulsory

Assessment Summary: