Humanities covers four different subjects: Geography, History, Classics, and Tourism.
Geography attempts to answer many of our social and physical bewilderments by integrating science and human behavioural patterns. Geography tries to make sense of human and environmental interactions for the present and future good of our world.
History fires your curiosity and imagination. It invites you to ask, and helps you answer, questions about the world, by engaging with the past and imagining and speculating on possible futures. History presents you with the dilemmas, choices, and beliefs of people in the past, and in doing so connects you with the wider world.
History prepares you for the future.
History equips you with knowledge and skills that are valuable and useful throughout life. These include research
techniques, skills needed to process and analyse varied and complex materials, skills needed to give clear and effective oral and written presentations, and the ability to articulate ideas and make them clear to others. If you are contemplating a career in Law/Politics/Foreign Service/Journalism/Research this subject is essential.
Classical Studies is the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome; two societies that are the ‘cradles of Western Civilisation’ and thus have a direct influence on modern New Zealand society. Students will explore how social, political, artistic, and technological aspects of the classical world influenced the lives of ancient Greeks and Romans. They will also explore the links and lasting influences between the ideas and values of ancient Greeks and Romans and other cultures, analysing why they have enduring influence.
This subject is designed to introduce students to the tourism industry and to develop skills relevant to a career in tourism.