INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES
Individuals and Societies encourages students to respect and understand the world around them, and provide a skills base to facilitate further learning. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies and environments in a variety of contexts.
Our learning environment aims to produce students who are well-informed, critical thinkers. Strong emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of ecological sustainability, environmental issues, Australia’s past and place in the modern world as well as active citizenship.
Years 6 to 10 include the studies of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics. The courses provide students with an understanding and appreciation of these disciplines enabling informed choices of further study of History and Geography in Years 11 and 12.
Courses are strongly skills focussed with an emphasis on inquiry, analysis, research, interpretation and communication. Students work in collaborative learning environments, which develop social skills in areas such as learning to work and negotiate with others. A variety of assessment strategies is employed to meet the needs of students and develop their skills. These include timelines; map and graph construction; field-work reports; analysis of documents; data analysis; oral presentations and role plays.
Values education is an inherent part of Individuals and Societies and students consider both individual and group values. Students are encouraged to build a positive self-concept and confident attitude. They also extend their intercultural awareness, develop empathy, compassion and tolerance for all people; and respect and care for the environment.