Year 11 Sociology (11SOC)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Elling


An interest in the nature of human societies and how interactions occur among cultures, communities and environments.

The senior subject area of Sociology takes knowledge and skills from many different academic areas to help us understand how society works, and what happens when it doesn’t work so well. The focus of the Year 11 course is about change in society, the consequences of this and the effects on individuals. 

This pathway provides students with knowledge and skills that are relevant for a wide range of occupations such as human resources, social research, social policy formation, law, social work, nursing, primary, secondary and tertiary teaching, medicine, police and social welfare, personnel management, resource management, journalism, town planning, architecture and more. 

This course addresses the Level 6 achievement objectives of the Social Studies curriculum. Sociology offers 16 NCEA Level 1 Social Studies credits. We focus on these NCEA Social Studies achievement standards: 

1.1          Cultural Change: The topic for this is set by the NZQA examiners each year - in 2021 the topic was the decline of the Māori language in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Students are given a resource booklet with the topic that is chosen, so we work to teach the skills to read, interpret and communicate learning from a range of sources.  

1.2          Conduct a Social Inquiry: Carry out an in-depth research investigation about a social action promoting social justice and human rights. In 2021, we looked at ‘Body Image’ as our broader topic and students chose a smaller focus area to investigate. 

1.4          Report on Personal Involvement: Track your own involvement in an action to improve social justice and human rights. We look at the issue of homelessness in Tamaki Makaurau and students work as a class to plan collective action to help Auckland City Mission.

1.5          Describe a Social Justice and Human Rights Action: Students will analyse the recent kōrero in Aotearoa about the youth vote in our general elections, and whether or not the age should be lowered to 16. Students will learn about the history of voting in Aotearoa, in particular how we have rights and responsibilities to participate in our democracy. 

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


Year 12 Sociology (12SOC)

Career Pathways

Archivist, Police Officer, Historian, Barrister, Counsellor, Urban/Regional Planner, Elected Government Representative, Emergency Management Officer, Psychologist, Trainer, Communications Professional, Community Development Worker, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Judge, Economist, Records Adviser, Human Resources Adviser, Health Promoter, Librarian

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

World Vision Conference $20 approximately.