Humanities


History

If you don't know your past, how can you understand the present or imagine the future? History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students' curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. (The Australian Curriculum: History)

Each year students complete one semester of History.

Year 7 The Ancient World 60 000 BCE – c. 650 AD

Year 8 The Ancient to the Modern World c.650 AD (CE) – 1750.

Year 9 The Making of the Modern World  1750-1918

Year 10 The Modern World and Australia


Geography

In years 7 and 8 students complete one term of Geography. Geography is offered as an elective subject in years 9 and 10.

Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. It addresses scales from the personal to the global and time periods from a few years to thousands of years.  Geography integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.  (The Australian Curriculum: Geography)

Year 7 Environmental Resources & Why People live where they do

Year 8 Landscapes & Urbanisation



Civics and Citizenship/Economics and Business

During year 7 and 8 students will complete one term of Civics and Citizenship/Economics and Business.  Civics and Citizenship, Economic and Business are both offered as electives in years 9 and 10.


Civics and Citizenship

The Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship provides students with opportunities to investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the federal system of government, derived from the Westminster system, and the liberal democratic values that underpin it such as freedom, equality and the rule of law. The curriculum explores how the people, as citizens, choose their governments; how the system safeguards democracy by vesting people with civic rights and responsibilities; how laws and the legal system protect people’s rights; and how individuals and groups can influence civic life. (The Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship)

Year 7  Key features of Australia’s system of government

Year 8 Responsibilities and freedoms of citizens and how Australians can actively participate in their democracy


 

Economics and Business

As mass global flows of people, resources, finances and information produce social, economic, political and environmental complexities and challenges, Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make informed decisions and actively participate in society and the economy as individuals and more broadly as global citizens. Young Australians will also face a number of social, economic and moral challenges in their lifetimes that will impact on their lives and choices. It is critical that students are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will empower them in the face of such challenges. (The Australian Curriculum:  Economics and Business)

Year 7 Economics and business concepts by exploring what it means to be a consumer, a worker and a producer in the market

Year 8 Exploring the ways markets work within Australia, the participants in the market system and the ways they may influence the market’s operation.


 

Elective Units Offered (one semester) for years 9 and 10

Heroes and Villains (Year 9 only)

Business studies

Legal Studies

Geography

Ancient History

Psychology (Year 10 only)

World Revolutions

People, Power and Politics