Year 7, 8 and 9
Humanities and Social Science is broken into the core disciplines of: Business and Economics, Civics and Citizenship, Geography, and History.
In History, student learning will begin by focusing on the ancient world before moving to the making of the modern world.
In Geography, student learning will focus on water in the world, place and liveability, landforms and landscapes, changing nations, biomes and food security.
In Business and Economics learning will focus on small business, entrepreneurship and the economy.
In Civics and Citizenship learning will focus on Australia’s legal system, Australian constitution, law making and democracy.
Humanities and Social Science is broken into the core disciplines of: Civics and Citizenship, Geography, and History. Students study one semester of History focusing on the making of the modern world. In Semester Two, students choose between History Extension, Civics and Citizenship or Geography.
In History, students study Vikings as well as completing a national history challenge.
In Civics students study law and citizens, and government and democracy.
In Geography students study Environment Change and Human wellbeing.
Year 11 and 12
Ancient History is concerned with studying people, societies and civilisations of the past, from the development of the earliest human communities to the end of the Middle Ages. Students explore the interaction of societies and the impact of individuals and groups on ancient events and ways of life, enriching their appreciation of humanity and the relevance of the ancient past. Ancient History illustrates the development of some of the distinctive features of modern society which shape our identity, such as social organisation, systems of law, governance and religion. It aims to have students think historically and form a historical consciousness. A course of study in Ancient History empowers students with multi-disciplinary skills in analysing textual and visual sources, constructing arguments, challenging assumptions, and thinking both creatively and critically. Ancient History students become knowledge creators, productive and discerning users of technology, and empathetic, open-minded global citizens.
Modern History allows students to examine traces of humanity’s recent past so they may form their own views about the modern world. Students’ curiosity and imagination is invigorated, their appreciation of civilisation is broadened and deepened all while learning that the past is contestable and tentative. Modern History distinguishes itself from other subjects by enabling students to empathise with others and make meaningful connections between the past, present and possible futures. Modern History benefits students as it enables them to thrive in a dynamic, globalised and knowledge-based world. Through Modern History, students acquire an intellectual toolkit consisting of 21st century skills, as well as become empathetic and critically-literate citizens who are equipped to embrace a multicultural, pluralistic, inclusive, democratic, compassionate and sustainable future.
Legal Studies focuses on the interaction between society and the discipline of law. Students study the legal system and how it regulates activities and aims to protect the rights of individuals, while balancing these with obligations and responsibilities. An understanding of legal processes and concepts enables citizens to be better informed and able to constructively question and contribute to the improvement of laws and legal processes. This is important as the law is dynamic and evolving, based on values, customs and norms that are challenged by technology, society and global influences. Students study the foundations of law, the civil justice system, examine issues of governance, explore contemporary issues of law reform and change, and consider Australian and international human rights issues. Knowledge of the law enables students to have confidence in approaching and accessing the legal system, and provides them with an appreciation of the influences that shape the system. Legal Studies enables students to appreciate how the legal system is relevant to them and their communities. The subject enhances students’ abilities to contribute in an informed and considered way to legal challenges and change, both in Australia and globally.